Marilyn Manson: ‘Columbine Shut Down My Career Entirely’

Kaitlan Collins Contributor
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After Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold walked into Columbine High School in 1999 and murdered 12 students and one teacher, Marilyn Manson got blamed.

Though it was falsely reported that the killers were affected by Manson’s music, his career plummeted, Manson said while speaking at the Grey Music Seminar with Grey Group’s Tor Myhren.

“When Columbine happened, it really shut down my career entirely, the casinos and the establishments refused to book my shows,” Manson said. “It was almost unprecedented.”

“Not only did I not do anything, but they were not fans of mine.”

“I sat and watched it live on TV and they said initially they [the shooters] were wearing Manson make-up and t-shirts. Then we found out later that they weren’t.”


“But once the wheels started spinning, I put cease and desists on all press and I didn’t do interviews, because I thought it would give them exactly what they want.”

Marilyn Manson is good for America

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“A lot of people ask me if I would ever become an expatriate, and I considered the idea …”

“But I think America needs someone like me to make it not suck as much as it could.” (RELATED: Did Marilyn Manson Get Hit In The Face At A Denny’s? Yuuuuup.)