Marilyn Manson on Gun Violence, 2002

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    In the days after the Oregon shooting, this video has resurfaced of shock rocker Marilyn Manson talking about America’s culture of violence over a decade ago, in the Michael Moore documentary “Bowling for Columbine.”

    “You’re watching television, you’re watching the news, you’re being pumped full of fear,” Manson said, in response to accusations that his music had a part in the Columbine shooting. “There’s floods, there’s AIDS, there’s murder. Cut to commercial, buy the Acura, buy the Colgate, if you have bad breath they’re not going to talk to you, if you’ve got pimples that girl’s not going to fuck you. It’s just a campaign of fear and consumption, and that’s what I think it’s all based on – the whole idea of ‘Keep everyone afraid and they’ll consume.’”

    Asked what he would say to the kids at Columbine and the people in the community, he replied, “I wouldn’t say a single word to them. I would listen to what they have to say. And that’s what no-one did.”