During a recent CoS interview, Marilyn Manson said that Justin Bieber said he made him relevant again by using his t-shirt.
The source reports:
“Last summer, a repurposed Manson t-shirt featuring the phrase ‘Bigger Than Satan… Bieber’ was sold for $195 at luxury retailer Barneys.
“At the time, the t-shirt’s designer, Fear of God, was adamant that Manson had given him and Bieber permission to ‘reinterpret’ the original image. However, in a forthcoming interview with Consequence of Sound, Manson offers a different account.
“Manson says that when he first met Bieber ‘he was [already] wearing the shirt that had his name on my shirt, and he said to me, ‘I made you relevant again.” ‘Bad mistake to say to me,’ Manson adds.
“The next day I told him I’d be at his soundcheck at Staples Center to do ‘Beautiful People,” Manson recounts, at which point Bieber confessed that the t-shirt ‘was his idea.’ Manson never intended to perform with Bieber, but ‘he believed that I’d show up, because he was that stupid.’
“Manson says he eventually ‘took all the proceeds from those shirts from him. They didn’t even fight, they were just like, ‘yea, we already know, we did wrong, so here’s the money.’
“‘He was a real piece of shit in the way he had the arrogance to say that,’ Manson says of Bieber. ‘He was a real touchy-feely guy, too, like, ‘yo yo bro!’ and touches you when he’s talking. I’m like, you need to stand down, you’re dick height on me, ok? [Laughs] Alright? So stand down, son.”
Recently Corey Taylor criticised the appropriation of metal culture within the mainstream and fashion worlds, as well as metal’s flirting with fascist iconography. “You’re seeing grandmas in Slipknot shirts,” Taylor told The Guardian. “It’s really weird. It makes it easier for me to blend in, which I am completely happy to do; you get tired of the stares after a while.”
“But punk and metallers take ‘fascist’ imagery like shaved heads and black clothing and divorce it from racism and nationalism, to make a statement about disaffection; you’re now seeing people like Richard Spencer who are not only appropriating the imagery of nationalism, but also the rhetoric. The anger, the racism of it. It worries me.”
“Oh, but Justin Bieber’s line in pseudo-metal T-shirts? He can kiss my ass,” Taylor added.