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Marylin Manson: “racism is a stupid, made-up word”


Marylin Manson has spent his entire musical career defending his own right to be lewd, crude, and obscene. However, he recently encouraged whites to speak openly about race and culture and ignore name-calling by the media.

The following commentary is from Marylin Manson on the Bret Easton Ellis internet radio show.

Ellis: “Getting back to the idea of racism and how it’s so widely applied to people now, it’s just gotten crazy.”

Manson: “I don’t even really know what to do with it. You know, it’s the old tradition of like, ‘Yeah man I got a lot of black friends, I got a lot of Jewish friends’ or whatever, it’s like, the people that I know that are my friends that are black are completely comfortable with my sense of humour because I think that racism is more about if something is like – whatever, it’s a stupid word, it’s a made up word, it’s an ism. Jizm is an ism.

“But it’s like if you’re not doing something hateful to somebody, you’re not trying to hurt somebody, then it’s not really a problem. You can make comments about culture, don’t avoid the elephant in the room. Stand-up comedians can say whatever they want and somehow that’s a free reign but if you say it as a rockstar, say it as a writer, sometimes people misinterpret it – people interpret everything differently.

“But it’s a silly way of someone trying to – the other lesson I learned in journalism class was if you criticise something it makes you sound like a better writer than if you compliment it.”