When I first heard “The Nobodies” by Marilyn Manson approximately five years ago, I was going through a self-image crisis. I happened to be living anyone’s most awkward phase in life: puberty. I found comfort in Marilyn Manson’s voice and lyrics, but little did I know what the song was truly written about. “The Nobodies” was written in 2001, two years after the Columbine High School Massacre. In “The Nobodies,” Marilyn Manson uses dark imagery and lyrics to convey his negative opinions of society and how it played a role in the Columbine High School Massacre.
Marilyn Manson was born Brian Hugh Warner on January 5th, 1969. The inception of his stage name “Marilyn Manson” came from Marilyn Monroe and Charles Manson. Although his name is a mesh of two iconic symbols in media history, so his band is a “…criticism of … issues of despair and hypocrisy” (Manson 2) of American media broadcasting tragedy. Manson’s music was prominent in the nineties, and he is mostly known for his heavy metal sound. A majority of people would view Manson’s music as satanic; he does admit to assuming the role of “The Antichrist” since “America loves to find an icon to hang its guilt on” (Manson 7).
Columbine High School is situated in Littleton, Colorado. On April 20th, 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed thirteen people, injured twenty-four, then both committed suicide (Robb). The shooting occurred around 11 a.m. that morning, and numerous students were unaware as to what was actually going on. Many claimed they though it was a senior prank when they heard the gun shots (Robb). However, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were already claiming lives. The two teenaged boys devastated their community that day and have forever...
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...s up killing the two nuns. Manson and the children toast drinks and eat pie as celebration for the death of the nuns. It is ironic since Manson is portrayed as a “demon,” yet he saved the children.
“The Nobodies” was written because of the situation that Marilyn Manson was put in shortly after the Columbine High School shooting. He was used as a scapegoat because he was a popular icon that was easy to target for the traumatic, negative event. Manson did not choose to stay silent with the media, and voiced his opinions on the shootings by doing interviews as well as writing an essay. “The Nobodies” was used to convey a serious issue that had occurred and he used his music video and lyrics to convey his negative opinions of society and how it played a role in the Columbine High School Massacre. Are we prewired to use scapegoats for problems that society is faced with?
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