Marilyn Manson shared a brutal new clip from a music video for his song “Say10” on Election Day. In the clip, Manson pulls pages from a Bible and holds a bloody knife. Though the camera never shows any actual killing, the camera then pans to show a beheaded man, who bears a resemblance to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Though Manson wouldn’t confirm that the video is about Trump, he told The Daily Beast on the eve of Election Day, “Either way tomorrow goes, the visuals are meant to create contemplation. Because it’s obviously bigger than just tomorrow.”
He continued: “Right now we’re in such a state of confusion when it comes to religion, politics, sexuality, and how they all tie together, and it’s being turned into a circus and a sideshow — and that’s something that I’ve been described as a ringleader of. It seems like a time for me as an artist, and as an American artist, to make something that causes a new set of questions to arise that aren’t simply statements.”
Back in September, Manson told Rolling Stone he wasn’t going to vote for either Trump or Hillary Clinton in this year’s election.
“I don’t find either candidate to my liking, so I choose to stand out of this one,” he said. “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.”
Speaking of Trump, Manson said, “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.”
“Say10” is the title track from Manson’s forthcoming album, due out next year. See the gory, NSFW clip below.