Phoebe Bridgers discusses Marilyn Manson and SNL performance
Phoebe Bridgers has appeared on CNN and discussed in further detail her thoughts on the Marilyn Manson situation, as well as the strange backlash she has received for smashing a guitar on Saturday Night Live.
Over the past weekend, Bridgers rolled through two blistering renditions from her wonderous latest record, Punisher, as she performed singles’ Kyoto’ and ‘I Know The End’ on Saturday Night Live. Bridgers’ rendition of ‘I Know The End’ captivated the audience at 30 Rock. Supported by a seven-piece band, Bridgers lost herself in the moment and the barnstorming performance of the album closer resulted in sparks flying and a smashed-up guitar.
Speaking on CNN, Bridgers has spoken up about why smashing a guitar on SNL was something she’s always dreamed of doing, stating: “I’ve always wanted to do it and when I mentioned it to the show, they built me this whole monitor that would look like it was exploded even if I wasn’t hitting it that hard. So yeah, just a bucket list thing.”
Last week, Bridgers spoke about her experience with Marilyn Manson in the wake of allegations in the many sexual abuse claims at the singer. Since then, Manson has been axed from his acting roles and dropped by his label Loma Vista Recordings. The label had previously released Manson’s last two albums, 2017’s Heaven Upside Down and 2020’s WE ARE CHAOS.
Phoebe Bridgers then took to social media to speak about her experience in the company of Manson. “I went to Marilyn Manson’s house when I was a teenager with some friends,” Bridgers tweeted. “I was a big fan. He referred to a room in his house as the ‘r*pe room’, I thought it was just his horrible frat boy sense of humour. I stopped being a fan. I stand with everyone who came forward.”
She then added: “The label knew, management knew, the band knew. Distancing themselves now, pretending to be shocked and horrified is fucking pathetic.”
Now she has divulged in more detail her thoughts on Manson’s situation, telling CNN: “I think it’s very funny that Marilyn Manson’s label decided to drop him right when the story went public, and people have just known about it for so long. I find that very annoying,” Bridgers said. “I think it’s a lot of performative activism, basically. I think people should take more responsibility internally.”
“It doesn’t matter how many people know about it. You should look into people like you’re the FBI. But when people make people money it’s really hard to walk away from that. But I think more people should,” Bridgers continued.