FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2015 file photo, Marilyn Manson performs in concert during the "End Times Tour 2015" at the Susquehanna Bank Center, in Camden, N.J. Manson's representative said Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, that the singer was injured in a mishap on stage during a New York City performance and taken to a hospital.
Marilyn Manson has added his two cents to the ongoing discussion about sexual harassment, which has really rocked Hollywood in recent months.
The rocker, who performs Jan. 16 at the Fox Theater in Oakland, was asked during an interview on Britain’s Channel 4 News about his thoughts on the allegations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. Specifically, whether he was surprised to hear that Manson’s former love interest Rose McGowan was one of people who had spoken out against Weinstein.
“I am not surprised by it,” he answered. “I didn’t really know much about it when I was with her.”Then he addressed the possible long-term impact that these allegations might have on the entertainment business.
“I just think that I don’t want it to turn the whole world’s attention from the artistic element of Hollywood and movies and films to be ruined by this,” he said. “That’s not to disrespect the people who say the allegations”
Concerned over how the situation is being handled currently, Manson went on to offer advice on a better way of making allegations about sexual harassment.
“I just think that if you have something, you should say it to the police, not to the press — and handle it that way first and foremost,” he said. “And that’s what I would do.”“There’s serious allegations, and they’re always allegations of course, but when someone starts complaining about something that happened that seems a little bit not as serious as really sexual assault, I think that’s insulting to people that have been sexually assaulted.
“It pisses me off that when someone says, ‘Someone gave me an inappropriate gift’ or something. That’s not the same as being harmed.