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Whether it's his Satanist symbolism or getting a rib removed for his own pleasure (allegedly), Marilyn Manson has never been shy of getting followed around by controversy.
However, after his latest round of antics on stage - fresh in his wheelchair after crushing his leg in an accident in September - he isn't doing himself any favours. Watch it for yourself.
Credit: Splash / FlyNet
Last night at his show at the Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino, Manson sang the song 'We Know Where You Fucking Live' - using a mic attached to the scope of a fake rifle.
As he performed the song, Manson pretended to aim the fake semi-automatic weapon at the crowd and pepper them with bullets, while a 'medical' assistant wheeled him around.
It wasn't exactly the most empathetic move from Manson - San Bernadino is still recovering after a couple shot and killed 14 people in a terrorist attack in the city in December 2015.
His timing was even more spectacularly bad - or good, depending on your perspective - given the recent spat of mass shootings in the U.S.
Last month, a gunman killed 58 people at a music festival in Las Vegas, while 26 others died in an attack on a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas yesterday, just hours before Manson's concert.
It's difficult to decide whether Manson's stunt is crass and tasteless, or a timely comment on the gun control situation in the US right now. I suppose there's no reason why it can't be both at once.
Certainly, people on Twitter have differed in their reactions to Manson's stage stunt as you can see below:
People saying #MarilynManson is stupid for using a fake rifle during show is kinda silly. Stupidity is the lack of gun control in the US
- Maja (@Maja_SF) November 6, 2017
Famously, Manson has previous form when it comes to being associated with the tragic and murky territory of mass shootings.
Manson and his controversial act were heavily blamed as an influence for the Columbine High school massacre in 1999, in which two students killed 12 students and a teacher.
The two shooters in the massacre, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, were reported to be fans of Manson's, although this was later proven to be false.
The Columbine memorial. Credit: PA
Manson was later quoted in an interview as saying that the accusations of him being to blame for the Columbine massacre nearly ruined his career.
Something tells us that whatever happens, Manson isn't about to tone his act down.
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