Marilyn Manson. The man, the myth, the legend, turns 49 today.
Typically we see Marilyn clad from head to toe in the blackest of black attire with icy white make-up across his face and lips rife with dark colour leaving many to wonder what he looked like he was a little-un.
With such a unique look, I have wondered what he looked like as a child, sans black eyeliner.
For Hugh so loved the world he made me. Happy Father's Day pic.twitter.com/S1mMqWHGj9
— Marilyn Manson (@marilynmanson) June 18, 2017
In the agonising aftermath of Manson’s father’s death last July – he shared a tribute to Twitter of himself, looking significantly different, and his dad some many moons ago.
The post read:
Today I lost my father, Hugh Warner. He taught me to be a man, a fighter, a survivor. I know he is with my mom now. I miss and love you dad.
Here is the image where he Manson looks completely unrecognisable…
Today I lost my father, Hugh Warner. He taught me to be a man, a fighter, a survivor. I know he is with my mom now. I miss and love you dad pic.twitter.com/f6WT0nrfLh
— Marilyn Manson (@marilynmanson) July 7, 2017
The heartbreaking post was retweeted 6,000 times and favourites almost 20,000 times.
Just two weeks before his father died, Manson, real name Brian Hugh Warner, shared another photo of him and his dad, who was clearly a huge inspiration on Manson, for Father’s Day.
So that’s what the rock legend looked like as a kid, but it turns out that a lot of his fans thought he died recently!
— Marilyn Manson (@marilynmanson) November 20, 2017
With his vampish pallor and supernatural appearance, it’s hard to believe Marilyn Manson would ever really die without some sort of holy-water based ritual.
However, fans were shaken to their core when people started posting photo tributes to the iconic singer, with the caption ‘RIP Charles Manson’.
Yes, people were getting rock star Marilyn Manson – real name Brian Warner – mixed up with notorious cult leader and murderer Charles Manson, who died of natural causes at the age of 83.
It was at this moment that Christian learned who Charles Manson was… pic.twitter.com/i9Vnkjel57
— Simar (@sahluwal) November 20, 2017
Brian Warner took the stage name Marilyn Manson as a composite of two iconic American figures – Marilyn Monroe and Charles Manson.
In Marilyn Manson’s autobiography, The Long Hard Road Out of Hell, he wrote:
The balance between good and evil and the choices we make between them are probably the single most important aspects shaping our personalities and humanity…
Marilyn Monroe had a dark side just as Charles Manson has a good, intelligent side.
According to writer Tommy Udo in his book Charles Manson: Music Mayhem Murder:
His cover version of ‘Sick City’ – an acoustic rendering posted as an .MP3 file on his website in February 2000 as an ‘impromptu Valentines Day gift to fans’ was probably the most widely circulated and played Charles Manson song to date, outstripping the Guns N’ Roses cover of Look At Your Game Girl on The Spaghetti Incident.
By conflating the names of America’s greatest symbol with the name of its greatest icon of terror, Marilyn Manson set out to subvert ‘Christian’ America.
Charles Manson was the leader of a deadly cult, who manipulated his members into murdering pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six other people in 1969.
Some people are therefore not happy about ‘RIP Charles Manson’ trending on Twitter – worrying about how this dangerous man is being romanticised.
Not to worry though, 48-year-old Marilyn Manson is currently alive, and still causing mayhem with his controversial music.
Happy Birthday Marilyn.