So we'd already assumed that Marilyn Manson would come out and counter accusations that he intended to release footage of Lana Del Rey being brutally raped. His management at Biz 3 Media had already countered the post, he personally kept silent for just long enough to make it go away for good quickly. It's a much better PR approach than the more recent Scott Stapp disaster, who as we know is currently homeless… yet living in a hotel and crowd sourcing $50,000 to record a new album.
His official statement was, “It wasn’t a Marilyn Manson video. The editor of the company that put it out was somebody, who’s edited my videos, which video was something that was done with a camera that Eli Roth, who’s my friend, and I both wanted to test out, so I let him test it out. What they filmed was put into context seemingly as if it were a Marilyn Manson video, but that was in no way the intention.
Eli and I wanted to do a music video with Lana Del Rey, but she was being such a problem. Although I still respect her, I’m friends with her. I just left, I was tired, I was not willing to make that part of the video. Eli and I originally had intentions of making a video with her. But that is not the intention that is represented in that film clip because that is not what I filmed, not for my video.”
Remember that Brian Warner was originally an entertainment journalist so he has some idea of how to do this. For his psychotic image he's always struck me as someone who's relatively calm, collected and knows exactly what he's doing. The level of disgust that people are feeling over the controversy is appropriate but the timing is good, as he's releasing new album The Pale Emperor soon -January 19th to be exact. We will never know exactly why the video was released into the Interwebs, but everyone knows the name of video company Sturmgruppe now and it will surely blow over soon. The video no longer available on Youtube -but we all saw it already.