Marilyn Manson on Presidential Election: ‘I Don’t Find Either Candidate to My Liking’
We've heard a lot of rockers weighing in on the election and sharing their thoughts on who they are (or aren't) voting for, but Marilyn Manson reveals in a new interview that he's not planning to cast a vote for either current presidential nominee.
"I don't find either candidate to my liking, so I choose to stand out of this one," he tells Rolling Stone. "And I don't think that's a coward's stance. A lot of people might say that. I just don't really want to be a part of this piece of history. Last time, I did want to be involved in some piece of history as a voter."
He went on to add, "You're asking what I think about Trump, and it's a tough call because if you look back at old presidents that have been in the past, and you weren't old enough to know how they lived their lives, and you didn't live in the era that was so media-saturated and internet and just so many opinions swirling around, the world seems a bit chaotic more than it should be. But then when you simplify it, it isn't more chaotic. It just comes down to two things: Who has more charisma, and who are they appealing to. And neither one of them appeal to me."
While the nominees don't appeal to Manson, he's not exactly a fan of the election process in general. In 2000, the vocalist stated, "I don't vote because I don't believe that it's a legitimate system anymore or of it ever was, so I just try and insert my beliefs on politics in music because I think that speaks to the youth which will be the future." The same mindset held true in 2004, but he did vote in the last two elections, feeling a stronger affinity for Barack Obama.
Manson is currently spending his time readying a new album. The new disc, titled Say10, is expected to arrive on Valentine's Day 2017.
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