“The two byproducts of that whole tragedy were violence in entertainment and gun control, and how perfect that that was the two things that we were going to talk about with the upcoming election, and also then we forget about Monica Lewinski and we forgot about…the president was dropping bombs overseas, yet I’m a bad guy because I sing some rock’n’roll songs, and who’s a bigger influence, the president or Marilyn Manson? I’d like to think me, but I’m gonna go with the president.”
“Did you know that the day that Columbine happened, the United States dropped more bombs on Kosovo than during any other time in that war?”
“I do know that and I think that thats really ironic. Nobody said, ‘well, maybe the president had an influence on this violent behavior.’ because thats not the way the media wants to take it and spin and turn it into fear because then you’re watching the news, you’re being pumped full of fear. There’s floods, there’s AIDS, there’s murder, cut to commercial, buy the Acura, buy the Colgate. If you have bad breath, they’re not gonna talk to you. If you have pimples, a girl isn’t going to fuck you. It’s a campaign of fear and consumption, and that’s what I think that it’s all based on is the whole ides that keep everyone afraid and they’ll consume, and that’s really as simple as it can be boiled down to.”
“If you were to talk directly to the kids of Columbine and the people in that community, what would you say to them?”
“I wouldn’t say a single word to them. I would listen to what they had to say, and that’s what no one did.” interview with Marilyn Manson, “Bowling for Columbine”