It’s Monday again, so you all know what that means!
Today I decided to go with one of my favourite songs, and chose the song “The Beautiful People” by Marilyn Manson. This song was released in 1996 as part of Manson’s “Antichrist Superstar” album. According to the website, Song Facts, “The beautiful People” only reached #18 on the UK music charts.
Marilyn Manson is one of those misunderstood artists. He’s created a lot of controversy with his music because several groups think he’s to blame for the problems teens are facing. In fact, he was forced to cancel his Rock Is Dead tour after the April 1999 Columbine High School massacre. Here are some interesting facts about the real Marilyn Manson. His real name is Brian Warner. His mom still calls him Brian, but his father refers to him as Manson. He calls himself a “Mama’s Boy”. At the age of 5, he was sent to a Christian school to learn about religion and the proper music to listen to, but he fell in love with the “forbidden”. Manson was a music journalist until 1989 when he formed the band Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids. All of the band members get their first names from famous people and then their last’s from notorious serial killers. Manson is highly educated and writes music that will speak to his fans and create discussion.
There are a couple meanings people have come up for the lyrics of “The Beautiful People”. Some think Manson was writing about his struggle with transforming from a “middle-class loser” to a “famous superstar”. Others believe he’s writing about how the media makes people feel as though they must conform to this idealistic image and that if you can’t reach this unattainable beauty then you’re considered ugly and unworthy. But, most people think the song was written about the hypocritical nature of Christianity. I think this point is most valid when you hear this portion of the lyrics:
“The Beautiful People, The Beautiful People,
It’s all relative to the size of your steeple;
You can’t see the forest for the trees,
And you can’t smell your own shit on your knees.”
I think this song Fits well with today’s society and the issues we’re dealing with. Whether you think Manson was writing about the media’s portrayal of beauty or Christianity, it’s all there in the news.
Just recently, we had former roman catholic Bishop, Raymond Lahey
plead guilty to child porn charges.
Child Abuse Tests How The Church Relates To The Secular World, is a great article which looks at the long-held belief that priests are separate and different from the general public.
I’m not against religion or trying to judge others for their beliefs, but isn’t it a little hypocritical to be telling others they’re living their lives sinfully, when you’ve got sexually explicit pictures of children in your carry-on? or when you’re choosing to ignore reports of wrong-doing and just sweep it all under the rug?
Then there’s People Magazine’s 2011 Most Beautiful People.
Do these people really look this way in the morning when they first get out of bed?
Will the average “Joe” or “Jane” ever live up to these images of beauty?
Music can really be such a great starting point for discussion.