Marilyn Manson dedicated a song to Paris Jackson, the 15-year-old daughter of Michael Jackson, during a recent concert in Los Angeles. On Wednesday Jackson was rushed to the hospital after she attempted to commit suicide and, according to a source “close to the family,” was reportedly not allowed to attend one of Manson’s concerts.
“This song is for Paris Jackson,” Manson is reported to have said before he dove into “Disposable Teens,” off his band’s fourth album Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death). As photographed for the Daily Mail, Manson wielded a knife and pantomimed slitting his wrists — a gesture that press found to be shocking, considering that Jackson was found with “multiple cuts on one of her wrists.”
While it can be easy to view Manson’s on-stage theatrics as insensitive, context is key: Not only has Manson pantomimed slitting his wrists in previous shows, so before Jackson’s suicide attempt, but it also makes for an apt introduction to “Disposable Teens” in particular.
In the 2000 single, he seethes, “And I’m a black rainbow, and I’m an ape of god, I’ve got a face that was made for violence upon / and I’m a teen distortion, survived abortion, a rebel from the waist down.” The song is about how teens in particular can feel alienated if not oppressed by societal standards, and thus forced to act out as a result. (Kanye West knows what it is.)
Paris Jackson has remained quiet since she was hospitalized. In the meantime, Manson has also reportedly invited her to one of his shows. “I hope you feel better,” he said to Jackson, according to TMZ. “You will be on my guest list anytime you want.”
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