Megadeth's Dave Mustaine says the Aurora shooting was staged by Obama, while Marilyn Manson makes a joke about James Holmes
Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine at the Fillmore this past February.
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On Monday, it will be a month since the Aurora theater shooting shook our community to its very core. That's been adequate time, evidently, for some folks to feel the need to weigh in on the tragedy -- or in Dave Mustaine's case, to politicize it. On stage at a show in Singapore this week, the Megadeth frontman pinned the blame for the Aurora shooting, in which twelve people lost their lives and 58 more were critically injured, as well as the recent Sikh temple ambush in Wisconsin, squarely on President Obama.
"Back in my country," he told the crowd, "my president, he's trying to pass a gun ban. So he's staging all of these murders, like the 'Fast and Furious' thing down at the border, in Aurora, Colorado, all the people that were killed there, and now the beautiful people at the Sikh temple." After making this assertion -- which is similar to the conspiracy theory others such as talk show host Alex Jones have floated -- Mustaine then went on to point out how America is turning into Nazi America.
Carli Richards, who survived the harrowing attack in Aurora, responded yesterday, telling TMZ.com, "It's obviously kind of absurd and people who make up conspiracies just want attention," she said in an exclusive interview. "Everybody is emotional at this time and needs to blame somebody I guess. I don't think they realize the consequences of not being responsible for your own actions and James Holmes needs to be held accountable for his, to whatever way the justice system deems fit."
Page down to see what Marilyn Manson had to say about the Aurora Shooting
Marilyn Manson, meanwhile, was recently interviewed by Lina Lecaro at our sister paper, the L.A. Weekly. In the piece, which was posted yesterday, the always outspoken performer -- who was once famously blamed for the Columbine shooting and even wrote a essay for Rolling Stone and spoke with Michael Moore about the shootings in Bowling for Columbine -- Manson talks about how he recently told another reporter that if he could be anyone other than himself that he'd be James Holmes -- although he didn't invoke him by name. He doesn't do or say these provacative things to be shocking, he claimed. "I was being comical," he said, "but dark comical." While you can read the entire interview on the L.A. Weekly's West Coast Sound blog, here's an excerpt:
L.A. Weekly: So how do I, or any journalist know you're serious or joking about something, then?
Marilyn Manson: You don't. That would cancel out me, because the whole point to everything that I do... there's no reason to ever try to be shocking. I've never tried to be shocking. To be interesting or valuable as an artist is to be confusing and create chaos. When I was filming Californication [he'll play himself on the Showtime series], a reporter asked me 'if you could be anyone in the world other than yourself, who would you want to be?' I said, have you seen the new Batman? They said, 'oh you want to be Christian Bale, and I said no -- I do love Christian Bale and American Psycho is one of my favorite movies -- but I said no, I'm talking about the guy who cleared out all the seats on opening night.
I wasn't making fun of that, though. It's strange, as a quote un quote... wait scratch that... I hate people that say quote un quote. Technically -- this is another thing I learned in Journalism school -- the two fingered quote by your face (unless you're quoting a famous person or stating a piece of known vernacular or a euphemism) is single quotes. Ok, no one's ever declared that as law, but it's technically true. When people do double quotes I always correct them and say no, it's single quotes unless you're quoting someone like Abe Lincoln or me.
Back to the point... I'm wasn't being funny or derogatory when I said I wanted to be the guy who cleared out the seats opening night ... confusing yes. It was considerate of him to clear the theater because sometimes it's hard to get tickets and I haven't seen Dark Knight yet ...
Of course I was being comical but dark comical. The difference between that and a comedian... Comedians have a huge carte blanche and the ability to get away with saying a lot of things.
I've said offensive things in my time and I've been in trouble for a lot of them ... but people have to understand I started all of this to be sardonic. That's the whole point of the name Marilyn Manson.
I'm the kind of asshole that, you know, once you understand an asshole that makes you a buttfucker."
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