After the news broke of controversial "rapper," EMINEM, having a duet with British pop-singer Elton John, most big name musicians/singers have come out to defend EMINEM's right of expression. It is commendable to fight for the rights of the people to speak their minds, I am not refuting anyone's rights here, but where are these same big name musical artists when ever the, predominately Christain, protesters come out to Marilyn Manson's shows, or when Manson's shows are cancelled at the last minute?!|
As I see it, this is a hypocritical statement that if you spread hate that the Christian churches of the world agree with than it is deemed "OKAY" and are over looked, or even ignored, by the same censors that are calling for Manson's head!
Marilyn Manson is known to sing about such things as abortion, non-conformity, free-thought, youth breaking free of their oppressors (whether they be parents or society in general, both are the true reasons for MOST youth violence in this world), and, yes, even love! But, in Manson's own words (paraphrased) it's "...NOT hate for the sake of hate, but hate with a message..."!
As german philosopher, Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, puts it: "...One must be honest in intellectual matters to the point of harshness to so much as endure my seriousness, my passion..." Marilyn Manson's work is a reality based passion. It is very obvious that this statement by Nietzsche can be, and very well should be, applied to Marilyn Manson's lyrics (and, perhaps, EMINEM's as well)!
Like Nietzsche, Manson was "born posthumously" and thus common society does not understand the seriousness and passions of the harsh truths and realities that Manson emphisizes in his music. The censors are ONLY sinking their "politically correct" little teeth into Manson because he refuses to be silenced. As for EMINEM, from what I have heard of his music, he has passion. But, his "hate" is pointless and has no real message. Of course, this does not mean his right to speak his mind should be revoked. However, why defend the rights of one individual and turn your back on the rights of another when they are both exercising the same guarenteed rights?! True "speaking their minds" is an aspect that Marilyn Manson and his "rapping counterpart" EMINEM have in common (which is a commendable trait in both men). However, we must look at the real reason that Marilyn Manson's rights are TRULY being surpressed and, in doing so, we must ask why EMINEM's rights are being defended by so many on the same basis. Anyone who hears any of EMINEM's "music" (if you can call it music) would see his lyrics are worse than the lyrics of Marilyn Manson (which makes a point and invokes thought in the small and narrow minds of the masses of todays society).
It seems obvious that even Manson's peers in the music industry are too stupid and hypocritical to see the double standard that is taking place in this matter. When will society end the "one rule for us another rule for them" mentality?!
Are we to assume that laws mean nothing to Christians, and when the consequences for their lawlessness result in negative outcomes than the Satanists are to blame? Do the Constitutions of the worlds countries, not to mention the United Nations Declarations, not mean anything when the one fighting for those rights are Satanists?! I mean Marilyn Manson is a known Satanist thus people do not defend his rights, but a non-Satanist (in this case EMINEM) who does relatively the same antics has a mass of musicians jumping out into the limelight to defend his rights!
In the United States Bill of Rights (Amendment I.) Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exorcise thereof; or abridgeing the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for the redress of grievances. This not only gives Satanists (like Marilyn Manson), just as much as any other practioner of religions, the right to speak their minds AND (in Manson's case) put on a concert for the people "peaceably to assemble" (it is the Christian protester who is NOT assembling in a peaceful manor)!
In the case of Canada, the constitution has a "reasonible limitation" clause that gives each province the authority to "opt out" of our rights and freedoms. However, there is no "reasonible limit" to surpressing the rights of Marilyn Manson (or EMINEM, for that matter). So, why is it that Marilyn Manson has been banned from playing anywhere in Canada since Manson's "Antichrist Superstar" tour of 1996-7?! Everyone in Canada (including those visiting this country) have the Fundamental Freedoms (section 2.) of conscience and religion; of thought, belief, opinion, and expression, including the freedom of the press and other means of communication; of peaceful assembly; and of association.
Even the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article 2.) Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion...
All of this brings up the original question again, WHY ARE MARILYN MANSON'S RIGHTS SUPRESSED AND NO ONE IS DEFENDING HIS RIGHTS WHEN OTHERS WHO VOICE SIMILAR OPINIONS DO NOT HAVE THEIR RIGHTS SURPRESSED AND HAVE MANY DEFENDING THEIR RIGHTS?!?!?! The ONLY possible reason is the basis of religion, but do the above lists of rights (from the Consitutions of the USA and Canada as well as the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights) not say that there will be NO bigotry in regards to ones religion?! Is this some kind of message that you must be of an "ACCEPTED" religion for the LAW to apply?!
To emphasize my point any futher, I must quote some of the lyrics of both men. The following are quoted lyrics from an assortment songs by both Marilyn Manson and EMINEM.
Marilyn Manson's Lyrics