Blog Battle Boils Over: Marilyn Manson Threatens Critic’s Life
What the music world needs now is a good feud – and Marilyn Manson and L.A.-based web site Buddyhead.com are more than happy to oblige us. The two parties seem ready to get into a steel cage to determine once and for all which is mightier, the pen or the guitar. The war of words started with a recent L.A. Weekly interview, with Buddyhead founder Travis Keller, who ripped Manson as a "paranoid coke addict."
Keller tells the L.A. Weekly he got a call from Manson and Jeordie 'Twiggy' White on Christmas Eve asking if they could get cocaine. He declined, but went to hang out anyway. Apparently when he got there, the Manson he saw – wearing a stained white t-shirt, a Von Dutch trucker hat sideways and with a beer belly – was far different than his stage persona.
Keller tells the Weekly, "I was like, 'You're Marilyn Manson?' I remember thinking, 'he's going to come out with some kind of cape on.' I'd never met him before and thought he'd be hanging out in a coffin. He's nothing like that."
Keller implies Manson's then-girlfriend, actress Evan Rachel Wood, was dubbed 'Snowflake,' because she'd hold all the cocaine. But of far more serious implications to music fans is Keller's explosive accusation that Manson knows only one song from Led Zeppelin ('Stairway to Heaven').
Yes, in the article Keller says Manson told him he'd flown to London for the legendary band's O2 reunion gig, but "got bored" because he only knew one song. At that point, Keller justifiably (if this is true) went off on Manson. "Poser! You're in a rock band and you don't know Led Zeppelin?," Keller said.
To top it off, Keller adds, "Even my mom knows more Led Zeppelin songs than Manson. The guy is a f---ing retard. He should be working at a 7-Eleven in Florida."
Needless to say, Manson was none too pleased. In a post on his My Space blog, during which the singer tags his mood as amused, he goes off. "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," he writes. "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."
Despite the fact that Manson and his bodyguards were once accused of assaulting an editor of Spin Magazine, Keller and his Buddyhead cronies don't seem intimidated at all. In fact, Buddyhead writer Meathead skewers the shock rocker in a hilarious post entitled Marilyn Manson is a Big Man on The Internet.
"Am I actually supposed to find Marilyn Manson intimidating in some way? I don't know if he's looked in the mirror lately, but let's just say he's not exactly 'built.' Now, don't get me wrong, I have absolutely no desire to have Marilyn Manson show up at my home, but not because I'm afraid of him getting violent. What if my neighbors saw? I'd never live it down," Meathead writes.
"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."
Finally, Meathead wraps up by calling Manson on his challenge. "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. Of course, I'll be wearing a hat, sunglasses and fake mustache so as to avoid the possibility of anyone I know seeing me talking to you, but I'll totally do it. Ball's in your court, dude. Either put up or shut up (preferably the latter)."