Rock weirdo Marilyn Manson just gave an interview that was weird even for him, with just a couple of the unusual moments being his blaming the Columbine school shooting for destroying his career and his revelation that the period after Columbine — when he was regularly receiving death threats — made it harder for him to do drugs.
The interview in the U.K. publication The Guardian can be read in its entirety by clicking here. The author, Alexis Petridis, notes in the piece that Manson became a focal point for anger in the wake of the Columbine tragedy in 1999 after a rumor — later proved to be false — surfaced that the two young shooters were Marilyn Manson fans.
In the new interview, Manson says of the Columbine killers: “Give them the money and let them make their own choice: guns or records. If [they] had just bought my records, they would be better off.” He adds: “Honestly, the Columbine era destroyed my entire career at the time.”
Manson goes on to discuss the death threats he received after Columbine — especially in Colorado: “My dad gave me the best advice: ‘If people are going to kill you, son, they wouldn’t tell you in advance.’ No.”
He adds: “I don’t miss that at all. It made everyone around me upset. And I discovered that police bomb dogs are also drug dogs. So when there were bomb threats, I had a very difficult time hiding my narcotics.”