Marilyn Manson banned from Ozzfest date -- A Six Flags amusement park says they don?t want the shock rocker

By Brian Hiatt
June 06, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT

Shock purveyor (and conservative punching bag) Marilyn Manson won over some detractors with his eloquent self-defense in last year’s “Bowling for Columbine” — but not all of them. The proprietors of the Six Flags amusement park in Darien Lake, N.Y., for instance, are not fans: They’ve banned Manson and his eponymous band from appearing during an Aug. 11 Ozzfest stop there. ”We decided to pass on the Marilyn Manson performance,” a Six Flags spokesperson said in a terse statement released to ”Contractual agreement gives us the right to restrict artists from performing.”

An Ozzfest spokesperson didn’t immediately return a call for comment on the ban, but Manson, whose new album, ”The Golden Age of Grotesque,” debuted at No. 1 last month, told Rolling Stone that he considers it a compliment. ”I refuse to say that what I do is show biz. Only Marilyn Manson, out of Korn, Disturbed and all those bands, has been considered inappropriate,” he told the magazine. ”That’s the inability to reconcile art and entertainment.” Or maybe he’s just too short to ride the roller coasters.