Marilyn Manson’s video for his new single “Heart Shaped Glasses,” (which was inspired by his new barely legal girlfriend…I guess she wears glasses in the shape of hearts) is somewhat disturbing. I was originally going to post the video on here, but decided that might be dangerous territory since it’s basically pornography. But you can find it on youtube. Just type in: “Marilyn Manson + Heart Shaped Glasses.” (It’s a very complicated procedure.)
Now, initially after screening “Heart Shaped Glasses,” I felt compelled to write a post about how crude and inappropriate I found the video to be. And how I was convinced it was produced by the devil. (On a side note : Rumor has it the video’s initial sex scene between Manson and his 19 year-old girlfriend, Evan Rachel Wood, was not simulated– meaning actual sex was had and filmed. Thoughts?) But then, just as I was about to cross over into the “New Document” tab, I looked over at youtube.com’s “related” clips and noticed a “Henry Rollins Interviews Marilyn Manson (Part 1 of 2)”. Intrigued. I was intrigued. So intrigued I watched both parts of the interview.
For those of you who have seen “Bowling for Columbine,” you know just how articulate and intelligent Marilyn Manson is. But if you’re at all adjusted to social norms, you’ve most likely forgotten exactly how engaging you found him to be in the film, and in most recent months, have been focusing your “Manson” judgments towards his smudged lipstick and the fact that he’s dating a very young, impressionable girl who, in his latest video, he makes out with in a pool of blood.
But after this Henry Rollins interview, my opinion of Manson has been altered back to the state it was in after first viewing “Columbine.” I’m not saying I would date Manson, but I am saying I can understand why someone would/might. Pretty crazy turnaround, huh? But before you label me as someone with a warped sense of who’s hot and who’s not, I suggest clicking the “play” button below and watching the interview yourself. You might find it enlightening.