VIDEO: Marilyn Manson Brings Gun on Stage
On Sunday night, the night of the deadly mass shooting at a Texas church, Marilyn Manson took the stage in San Bernardino, California and pointed a realistic looking fake rifle at the crowd. The rifle had a microphone on it, so he could sing into it. Oh, and he was in a wheelchair because of that injury he suffered in September, after a stage prop fell on him during a show. San Bernardino was the site of a deadly shooting that killed 14 people less than two years ago. Obviously, this was a pretty controversial move, but Manson released a statement yesterday explaining his motives. He said, quote, "This was an act of theater in an attempt to make a statement about how easily accessible semi-automatic weapons are and how seeing them has become normalized . . . "My empathy goes out to anyone who has been affected by the irresponsible and reprehensible misuse of REAL guns."