Cycle I: Reference
Cycle II: Media
Cycle III: Interact

--Stimulating Ideas - CMJ Magazine - Issue 64
MM:"Well, I think Antichrist Superstar accomplished everything I set out to have it do. It wasn't just about the album, it was also about the reaction to it and the way it made people think, whether or not they liked it or even listened to it. Everyone in America was talking about it and I think that was important to stimulate ideas. It got people arguing is this right, is this wrong? And that's what I wanted to do. I learned how seriously people take religion in America. That's why it's so important that I did what I did with that record, because I learned that people really do have a long way to go when it comes to thinking about different ideas when it comes to God. Because people were willing to react with violence and the way that they treated me proved all my points. We were trying to stand up for something that represented 'judge not and love thy neighbor,' and some people completely disregarded that. Usually the people that I'm criticizing particularly in America where people lack a sense of irony go on to prove the point. I don't dislike America. I just like to look at things and talk about things that most people are too afraid to talk about. There needs to be someone who comes along every few years and reminds people that they should evaluate what they believe in."

--Raising Conversations - Houston Chronicle April 4, 1998
MM:"Once I assumed the role as a villain, the whole thing stopped being about music. I had started out just exploring something, and pretty soon it was having this effect in politics and culture. It raised conversations in families and churches."

--Being Hated - FHM Magazine - November 98
MM:"I've always enjoyed being hated. The people who hate you make it all worthwhile. On my Antichrist Superstar tour, I think I upset all the right people. Even if people are angry at me, at least they're talking about Marilyn Manson, and I've succeeded."

--Belief Fanatics - Dutch TV Guide - October 10, 1998
MM:"I would lie if I said if it all meant nothing to me.The extreme reactions on my character didn't surprise me, but the number of people who projected their hate on me did take me by surprise. In the end I will only gain more strength.All those belief fanatics who all of a sudden think they have to exterminate evil with evil, are living with a double morality.I expose their hypocrisy and I think I have succeeded very well."

--Moment in History - Chicago Tribune 1998
MM:"In making Antichrist Superstar, the point was to become that ultimate villain in America. But I think it was for everyone to learn something, including myself. I think in some ways the media, the Christian right, were all part of what I created. They were elements in that record. It became a moment in history. And that all together is something I would call one big piece of performance art. Now to do it again would be senseless."

--Herd Mentality - Much Music - November 17, 1998
MM:"Well, Antichrist Superstar examined that on a lot of different levels. It even examined the herd mentality of rock 'n' roll. And I think by looking at that, it made all of us smarter. It made the fans smarter. It made me smarter. I think it gave us all the perspective to realize that christianity and rock 'n' roll are very similar in a sense, and if you can see that, you can point out your own hypocrisy. Then you can go above it and you can try and be "realer" than anything else."

--Crowd Chant - Much Music - November 17, 1998
Q: The crowd chanting "we hate love, we love hate," do you want us to believe that?
MM:"Well, I think a lot of people, upon first hearing that, assume that to be a message of hatred, but I think it's a paradox and it's a contradiction. I think it's a very beautiful statement actually. It's very ironic. I don't think it's encouraging hate. I think if you examine it and take it apart mathematically, it's not encouraging anything. But, you know, that song "irresponsible hate anthem" that the chant introduced was a mockery of what people think of me and what people think of my fans."

--The album Antichrist Superstar - Circus Magazine February 18, 1997
MM:"There will always be misconceptions, people will misconceive this record as being purely evil, either Satanic or Fascist. But it's so hard to put into any of those terms because it's extreme. Its positive and negative in its purest form."

--Looking past the Album title "Antichrist Superstar"
MM:"Those who move beyond the Album's Title and most blatant aspects of what I do, will then understand what I am trying to say."

--Positive Effect - Hit Parader Magazine - February 1997
Q: What do you hope to accomplish with the album Antichrist Superstar?
MM:"We are a positive band and people aren't use to seeing the extreme negativity that we represent. I hope this record will have a positive effect on people. It's my personal study of looking at life. I came close to death and found my way back again. Our fans will understand."

--Antichrist Superstar - Guitar School Magazine
MM:"It's like an amusement park. It's part of people nature to be attracted to their own death and to fear. That's why this record is three cycles of death happening, and that's why people will gravitate toward it. Whether in outrage or in open arms, people will gravitate toward it."

--Stepping up - Metal Edge Magazine
MM:"I'm tired of things being so wishy washy and nobody standing up and saying, OK, this is where we're going to go. I just want to stand up and assert myself as the antichrist that America so fears. Instead of living in fear of something. I've decided to become that which everybody fears."

--Album interpretations - Hit Parader Magazine February 1997
MM:"This album is a complete piece of art that changes with peoples interpretations"

--Changes in Society - Request Magazine
MM:"I do feel the Cassandra Complex , where you know the future, but can't change it. I really want for things to be better, then I get depressed and pissed off and think. Fuck it, why bother? That's where Antichrist Superstar comes from. I expect to see some changes in Society from what I do, and I won't stop till I see a change."

--New Life - Details Magazine December 1996
MM:"So I hope each time The Album is played, it brings people one step closer to the end of the world in their hearts or in their flesh."
Q: And when they get to the end of the world what will they arrive at?
MM:"The beginning of a new one that's better."
Q: That sounds kinda Christian Marilyn.
MM:"That's the paradox (laughs) sometimes I think the most shocking thing I could do would be to behave politely and speak of Christian morality."

--Overcoming Hypocrisy - Long Hard Road Out of Hell - Page 261
MM:"Antichrist Superstar is what everybody feels in their hearts but is too afraid to say. It's being honest. It's not picking on any one person. It's picking on everybody including myself. We're all hypocrites, but by admitting it, you transcend it and it no longer becomes a personality defect as it is in the people who blindly cling to their own self-righteousness. By knowing all this, you grow from it."

--Lucifer - Kerrang Magazine December 14 1996
MM:"There's a lot of great stories and a lot of great values in the Holy Bible, and I actually relate to a lot of them. The character, the idea, or the part of my personality that I describe as Antichrist Superstar, is a lot like Lucifer in the Bible. Someone who was kicked out of heaven because he wanted to be God. I try to say in my own story. Well if it was told from his point of view, then would he still be the bad guy?"

--On Antichrist Superstar - Guitar World Magazine December 1996
MM:"I consider it to be a record about individuality and personal strength, putting yourself through a lot of temptations and torments, seeing your own death and growing from it."

--Awaken the Individual - Guitar World December 1996
MM:"The mythology of the Antichrist could be as something or someone disbelieving in God. They Make themselves and Antichrist as well. I look at myself as the person to awaken individuals. The record is a different interpretation of the classic story in the Holy Bible of the fallen angel."

--Antichrist Superstar - Circus Magazine February 18 1997
MM:"The record is about seeing death and growing from it. In the end, It's about being Strong and being Alive. I know there are so many people out there who are so ready to jump on me and blame me for teen suicide when that's the farthest thing from my intentions."

--Contradiction - Raygun Magazine Dec/January 1998
MM:"The only way you can deal with it, especially for me, is through the Paradox, and that has always been the basis for Marilyn Manson, is the extreme contradiction. Antichrist Superstar was a metaphor for my plan of becoming a Superstar by going against the grain, by doing it all the wrong way. And also the idea that everything that I aimed to destroy with music- break down the idiocy of Christianity and things like that- by doing so, I'm just creating another form of it through rock music. I tried to point it out to people. And maybe they don't get that part of it. But maybe they should and maybe they shouldn't. The part of the show where I stand at the podium and I have the banners come down, and I'm mocking Christianity and Simultaneously mocking myself, mocking a rock show, and people are chearing and pumping their fists to it- that in itself is just a great statement. Whether anyone understands it at all, it doesn't matter. The fact that it occurs is just a piece of work that I'll look back on someday and think, "Wow, how did I manage that?" and be proud of it."

--Flat World - Raygun Magazine Dec/January 1998
MM:"Reality is just what's popular. At one point, the world was flat, and we were all convinced of that, because that was what was popular. Right now, in America, everyone is convinced that this is One Nation Under God. Its on the Dollar Bill. And there's been so many people that tried to crack that open. An Antichrist is someone who is just fighting for man. Even in the Bible, the word Antichrist never really defined some villain who was going to come at the end of the world and destroy everyone. The word was used to describe someone who was opposed to Jesus in his day. It was a collective Disbelief in God."

--Societys Scapegoat - Penthouse Magazine May 1997
Q: You've said that Antichrist Superstar was going to change the world, the way that the Manson murders did during the Summer of Love. Has it?
MM:"I think it is, and will continue to do that. The media and politics really made Charles Manson the scapegoat for a whole generation, and I see that tag being placed on me. And it's a tag I've almost accepted with Antichrist Superstar."

--The song title "Man That You Fear" - Metal Edge Magazine January 1997
MM:"It's accepting things for the way that they are and whether that's dying in the world, or if it's being born again or whatever. That's going to be for people to decide how they want to really apply that, but for me that was the way for me to finish this whole thing."

--Beautiful People - CMJ January 1997
MM:"The Beautiful People is a statement on the fascism of beauty. With commercialism and television, everything's completely dictated to you, and if you don't fit into the status quo. You're made to feel not as good as everyone else."

--Mental Apocalypse - British Interview Nme, August 30th, 1997
MM:"It felt desirable to bring about an apocalypse on a mental level, to kill of all the old ways and finally to believe in yourself. If there is a God then he is a part of you."

--Creating a Character
MM:"Right as a writer, Antichrist Superstar was something that was created and then it's something that then created where it came from. If you create a personality that's all powerful and all knowing then it has the power to control and create the person who made it at the same time."

--Power is Empty - British Interview Nme August 30, 1997
MM:"A lot of that is about resenting vulnerability and about wanting to become more powerful but realizing that when you do become more powerful that it is empty."

--Individuality - MTV Europe December 10, 1996
MM:"Well strangely enough, a lot of my ideals are Christian in a sense but it's just I don't like the way that religion is portrayed in America. I think the album really expresses, you know, how I feel. I mean it's based on individuality."

--Generation - Penthouse Magazine May 1997
MM:"What Antichrist Superstar will do in the next five years, you know, to my generation, is that it will make people realize the old ways are dead and there's time to be strong."

--The End - Circus Magazine February 18 1997
MM:"There is an end to what I'm doing. I see the end, and I even talk about it on Antichrist Superstar. I have certain goals and certain expectations to achieve before I plan on setting down my Mic-stand."

--Antichrist Superstar - Kerrang Magazine December 1996
MM:"You wont get to see Antichrist Superstar at his greatest, but even at it's weakest, it'll still be greater than most things you'll ever see."
Q: Do you think Portrait of an American Family is a lot more angrier than Antichrist Superstar?
MM:"It's bleaker, you know, because there's a lot of moments of true pessimism, but I think in the end there is a shed of light at the end of the tunnel but it's for everybody to find on their own."

--Blind Followers - Time Out Magazine April 8, 1998
Q: The impersonation of a fascist rally, complete with swastika-style flags, straight-arm salutes, and pyrotechnic rabble-rousing, aims a brave political broadside at both the religious right and stadium rock performers. Weren't you worried that you'd be completely misunderstood?
MM:"A lot of people were afraid for me to do it. But I felt if I did it well enough, people would understand what I was getting at. In the end, it caused all the different reactions that I wanted. Some people thought it was great satire, others thought I was a fascist, others just blindly pumped their fists and didn't notice the irony."

--Antichrist Superstar Era - Juice Magazine October 1998
MM:"The lyrics and ideas expressed on this album are those of a character called Antichrist Superstar. I portray this character as does everyone else in America. Those who fail to admit this are the ones who will be afraid and offended."

--Ending Humanity - Juice Magazine October 1998
Q: Does that alter the way that you behave? Is it always a conscious thing in your mind?
MM:"No, in fact at one time, particularly around Antichrist Superstar, it's something I've encouraged and it's something I've even hoped to finally get over with. That was more my feeling when writing that record. I suppose there's some optimism that I have every once in a while that man will evolve into something more intelligent than monkeys."

--Antichrist Superstar - Possible meaning of the shock logo/lightning bolt
Jesus: "I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven." - Luke 10(18)

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