More than two years after the shootings at Columbine High School, Marilyn Manson is still dealing with the backlash from those who seem to believe his music shares the blame for the tragedy.
Colorado Gov. Bill Owens and Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., have now voiced their support for the Citizens for Peace and Respect, a religious group hoping to discourage people from attending the June 21 Manson-highlighted Ozzfest show at Denver's Mile High Stadium. Spokespeople for Owens and Tancredo did not elaborate on what their support entails.
"The governor and congressman support our efforts and objectives," 27-year-old CPR director Jason Janz said, "which are clearly specified as asking [Manson] not to come, discouraging concert attendance, uniting people for positive impact on our state, and raising awareness of who Manson is and what he stands for." CPR, which comprises citizens, businesses, political leaders and churches, was assembled to combat Manson's Denver gig. The group objects to Manson's promotion of "hate, violence, death, suicide, drug use, and the attitudes and actions of the Columbine High School killers," Janz said.
When CPR began its protest earlier this month, Manson's camp issued a statement in which the singer promised to "balance [his] songs with a wholesome Bible reading, [so that] fans will not only hear [his] so-called 'violent' point of view, but also examine the virtues of wonderful 'Christian' stories of disease, murder, adultery, suicide and child sacrifice." Following the governor's proclamation, no further Manson statements were made, according to an Interscope Records spokesperson.
When and if Manson comes to town, CPR plans to peacefully protest, Janz said. "We'll just show our presence there. I don't think there will be any shouting. If there is any throwing of bottles it won't be from our group." Manson initially planned to forgo Ozzfest's Denver stop, citing an unspecified prior commitment (see "Marilyn Manson Bows Out Of Ozzfest Date"). However, earlier this month the shock rocker's agenda altered to accommodate the Denver date, which would mark the first time Manson has played there since the 1999 Columbine massacre, which left 13 students and one teacher dead as well as 23 others wounded in nearby Littleton.
Amidst the swirling speculation immediately following the incident, it was thought the two shooters were Marilyn Manson fans, an assumption that later proved to be false.