Following his comments last week that he felt ‘no emotions’ for the victims of the Virginia Tech massacre, Marilyn Manson has spoken out again on his scapegoating in the wake of the Columbine shootings.
Manson reflected on the aftermath of the 1999 tragedy, which saw the star’s music labelled as a corrupting influence on school killers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold.
For those who may recall his lucid arguments on the subject in Michael Moore’s 2002 documentary Bowling For Columbine, Manson’s latest musings might come across as a little confused.
Speaking to the Orange playlist, he said: "I always knew that I never felt guilty or that I did something wrong. I despised people who accused me of doing that. The whole point of my name was to make a statement about the very same thing I was being blamed for."
Manson went on to suggest he felt short-changed when he wasn’t mentioned in connection with the tragedy, because of the emotional turmoil he had to endure in its wake.
He said: "I almost feel cheated if Columbine is talked about and I'm not mentioned because I went through so much bullshit and torment, emotionally and personally, and so much concentrated effort to destroy me that I feel I'm being left out when I'm not mentioned.
"No one else can take credit for or take responsibility for what I already got blamed for. I don't wanna take responsibility because I already took it."
All of which suggests to us a man in dire need of getting down off his cross: how does your 'emotional turmoil' compare with that of the bereaved families, eh Manson?