Marilyn Manson hits back at ‘death lyrics’ critics

June 13th, 2009 - 12:52 pm ICT by ANI  

London, June 13 (ANI): Shock rocker Marilyn Manson has lashed out at his critics, insisting he’s not responsible for the horrifying massacres at U.S. schools.

The lyrics of Mansion’s songs have been linked to outrageous bloodbaths at Columbine High School in 1999 and Virginia Tech in 2007.

Critics say that the ‘dark lyrics’ are often misinterpreted by troubled teenagers, providing the catalyst to kill.

The accusations came after Asa Coon, who shot four people during a rampage at SuccessTech Academy, Cleveland in 2007, was found to be wearing a Manson t-shirt.

However, the 40-year-old rocker insists that it is unfair to blame him for the massacres - and jokes he should receive an award for “highest death toll” in music.

“Blaming me for (Columbine) was ridiculous. It’s a lack of responsibility from everyone. If you want to blame something, well, I went to a Christian school. That’s why I write what I write. Shall we blame the Christians?” the Daily Express quoted Mansion as telling Kerrang! Magazine.

“I essentially lost everything because of Columbine but, if it happened now, it just wouldn’t have the same impact.

“There has to be that first person who takes the arrows in the back and I guess that was me.

“If there was a Grammy Award for death toll, it would be mine. I don’t think anyone has been blamed for as much violence as me,” he added. (ANI)

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