From Christie’s Music News today:
WA move to ban Manson!
There are moves in Western Australia to stop Marilyn Manson playing in Perth in October. It’s his first show there since 2003, and half the tickets for his October 5 date at Challenge Stadium have already been sold, reports promoter Michael Coppel Presents. Shadow minister for child protection Sue Ellery told the “West Australian” that Manson’s glorification of violence and self-harm is sending the wrong message to fans, and asked them not to buy tickets. Gillian Gonzalez, vice-president of the Australian Family Association, said her organisation would consider lobbying the Federal Government to deny the group visas.
Being a metalhead, I am never surprised at the lengths to which ignorant people will go to vilify music and musicians that they just don’t understand. I’m not a fan of Marilyn Manson’s current work (not since Antichrist Superstar back in the day), but I would fight tooth and nail against prejudice and ignorance of this extreme level.
It’s always a stupid woman who works in a field like ‘child protection’ or ‘family associations’, a church, or ‘day care’ or some other sappy, utterly ridiculous thing, that stands up and makes a complete arse of herself regarding matters like this. (Of course I’m not saying that real child protection is a ridiculous thing, but you know what I mean).
Here’s a heads-up to all those stupid mothers out there who are acting like spoilt girls who don’t get the joke: Stop Doing It! You make the rest of your gender look stupid! Stop being such ignorant, sheltered mother ducks. For christ’s sake!
The thing that really gets me is that, while some people wet their pants over what Manson looks like, not one person would buy a ticket and go to a show like that if they weren’t into the music. Manson might be a weird, arrogant sort of dude, and I might be too far outside the mainstream myself, but ‘glorification of violence’ isn’t a Marilyn Manson show: that is watching the US Army on the five o’clock news. Does Manson glorify self-harm? Of course. And I’m really Pope Benedict; I just didn’t want to reveal that because of my fascination with “satanic” metal. Think of all those Manson films where he glorifies violence and self-harm to such an extent that it’s damn near preaching it. Lock up your virgins, everybody!
Clearly this ‘child protection’ idiot in WA couldn’t really give a stuff about things that matter, or she would have fought to shift all violent images on television, and all remotely sexualised images in the media, to places where ‘children’ can’t reach them.
It’s time, young Australia, to stand up and tell these idiots to pull their heads in. If WA are putting up a fight about Marilyn Manson, then what are they going to do about Cannibal Corpse? Fucking hell, the mind absolutely boggles.
Just to prove my point about the ridiculous nature of this type of censorship, here’s a clip from The Chaser to watch before you go: