Shock-rocker Marilyn Manson said the imagery in his "Coma White"
video that recalls the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy
is "a metaphor for America's obsession and worship of violence." In a
statement issued through his publicist, Manson said he filmed the video
more than six months ago to "enact the 'Journey of Death.' [It] was always
intended to make people think of how they view and sometimes participate
in these events. Little did I know that the tragedy at Columbine and the
accidental death of JFK Jr. would follow. But it was telling to see the
media shamelessly gorge itself on these events, which ultimately made my
observations in the video even truer than I had originally imagined."
Manson went on to explain that the "short film clip" was "in no way
mockery" and was inspired by his movie script, "Holywood." "[The video]
is a tribute to men like Jesus Christ and JFK who have died at the hands
of mankind's unquenchable thirst for violence," the statement concluded.
The clip premiered Monday (Sept. 13) on MTV.