Actress Patricia Arquette has linked to a near decade old article about Marilyn Manson saying he had violent fantasies following a breakup with Evan Rachel Wood. She wrote, “Why the hell was this ok? ”
Note that Manson and Wood got back together for a couple more years after this breakup. The article discusses a SPIN interview where Manson gave a vivid account of how he cut himself with razor blades after his breakup with Evan Rachel Wood. The article also has this 2009 quote from Manson about Wood: “I have fantasies every day about smashing her skull with a sledgehammer.”
It’s important to note that Manson frequently has used edgy language in interviews, and has a very dark sense of humor (he even mentioned it right after saying the quote), so people should not jump to conclusions and immediately group him in with #MeToo crowd without any real proof of improper conduct on his part outside of having the very poor taste to state he had a terrible fantasy like that.
Also the full SPIN quote is about Manson feeling ashamed about his struggles and thoughts regarding the breakup, and mostly about him cutting himself.
“I sing about it on ‘Into the Fire.’ I say, ‘If you want to hit bottom, don’t bother trying to take me with you.’ My lowest point was Christmas Day 2008, because I didn’t speak to my family. My walls were covered in scrawlings of the lyrics and cocaine bags nailed to the wall. And I did have an experience where I was struggling to deal with being alone and being forsaken and being betrayed by putting your trust in one person, and making the mistake of that being the wrong person. And that’s a mistake that everyone can relate to. I made the mistake of trying to, desperately, grasp on and save that and own it. And every time I called her that day — I called 158 times — I took a razorblade and I cut myself on my face or on my hands.
I look back and it was a really stupid thing to do. This was intentional, this was a scarification, and this was like a tattoo. I wanted to show her the pain she put me through. It was like, ‘I want you to physically see what you’ve done.’ It sounds made up but it’s completely true and I don’t give a shit if people believe it or not. I’ve got the scars to prove it. I didn’t want people to ask me every time I did an interview, ‘Oh, is this record about your relationship with your ex-girlfriend?’ But that damage is part of it, and the song ‘I Want to Kill You Like They Do in The Movies’ is about my fantasies. I have fantasies every day about smashing her skull in with a sledgehammer.”
Why the hell was this ok? Marilyn Manson Says He Wants To Beat Evan Rachel Wood With A Sledgehammer https://t.co/CZe4pegOb5?amp=1
— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) March 1, 2018