why marilyn manson refuses to vote in this election
'I don't find either candidate to my liking,' the Antichrist Superstar has declared.
Marilyn Manson is opting out of this year's election. The Antichrist Superstar, who chose his name by juxtaposing those of two American pop icons and has been known to urinate on fans, has expressed an aversion both to the two-party system and its 2016 candidates.
"I don't find either candidate to my liking, so I choose to stand out of this one," the compelling and controversial artist told Rolling Stone during a recent interview, adding that he doesn't want to write himself into the political narrative this year. "And I don't think that's a coward's stance. A lot of people might say that. I just don't really want to be a part of this piece of history. Last time, I did want to be involved in some piece of history as a voter."
That "last time," in 2012, Manson voted for President Obama, who he also voted for during his first-ever trip to the polling booth in 2008. While he isn't averse to the primaries per se, Manson has long expressed a distaste with the United States' modern political party system. Speaking to Time Out Chicago shortly after voting for Obama a second time, he said that he now wants to campaign for people not to vote. "I've never believed in the authenticity of the two-party system," he said. "Politics in this country is all what happens behind Oz's curtain."
While he doesn't encourage his fans to boycott the election process themselves this year, Manson does offer an unconventionally simple formula for deciding whether to sit this one out. "It just comes down to two things: Who has more charisma, and who are they appealing to," he says. "And neither one of them appeal to me." Manson cleverly manages to avoid specifying what, exactly, he finds distasteful about Trump or the first female presidential nominee. Though something tells us he probably found plenty to discuss with avowed Bernie-or-buster Susan Sarandon on the set of their Marc Jacobs campaign.
Text Hannah Ongley
Photography Nicholas Alan Cope