Saturday night at 3 a.m., Marilyn Manson posted the following threat on his MySpace page. And let's be clear about this: it is a threat. It was written in response, we believe (and so do others), to a chain of events prompted by Erin Broadley's polarizing feature story of last week, “Buddyhead Redux,” in which the Travis Keller, for all intents, called Mr. Manson a fraud. Manson's threat reads:
I can, but do not need to defend myself And the absurd accusations that the average press has clinged onto. If we need a nude photo of me to prove that I am far different than the soon-to-be-murdered-in-their-home press has decided to fabricate, that is easy. But if one more “journalist” makes a cavalier statement about me and my band, I will personally or with my fans help, greet them at their home and discover just how much they believe in their freedom of speech. I dare you all to write one more thing that you won't say to my face. Because I will make you say it. In that manner. That is a threat. Mm
We just want to put that on the record — the death threat — because, although they are mere words scribbled on a website at 3 a.m., they are real, and there is no sense that what he is writing can be considered a joke. Maybe an idle threat, or posturing, or playing up a controversy, but a real-life threat nonetheless.
Soon thereafter, Buddyhead issued its response, in the form of a post entitled, “Marilyn Manson is a big man on the internet!”
Written by Meathead*, it reads, in part:
I'm trying to visualize a scenario in which Marilyn Manson actually acquires my home address, achieves a mental state that's close enough to sobriety to allow him to successfully type it into Google and print out the directions, and then makes it all the way over here without getting distracted and sucking off a vagrant along the way. He rings the doorbell, I open the door, and he says “I'm Marilyn Manson and I don't like what you've been saying about me on the internet.”
, Meathead, in fact, actually takes Manson up on the request that he “say it to his face.” Keller
Hey Marilyn Manson, since you're reading this right now and probably cutting yourself, why don't you shoot me an email and we can go have some coffee (your treat) while I explain to you, in painstaking detail, exactly why you are irrelevant and your fans are retards.
Uh oh. We feel like that response specifically falls under Manson's definition of “one more thing that you won't say to my face,” that he specifically addressed in his opening threat. A line has been drawn in the sand.
*Correction: In the original text to this post, we misindentified the writer of the Buddyhead response to Marilyn Manson's threat. It was Meathead, not Keller, who responded. The text was correct to reflect this. We regret the error.