Marilyn Manson, who was accused by some of influencing Columbine (Colo.) High School killers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, has been asked to cancel a Denver appearance this summer. The church-affilia
Marilyn Manson, who was accused by some of influencing Columbine (Colo.) High School killers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, has been asked to cancel a Denver appearance this summer. The church-affiliated group Citizens for Peace and Respect says Manson promotes violence, hate, and drugs, and should not spread his message in Denver.
"We as a society seem to have grown numb to evil. There's a throwing up of our hands in exasperation, a feeling that we can't do anything to fight it," said South Sheridan Baptist Church youth pastor Jason Janz, the group's founder.
Manson is set to appear June 21 during an Ozzfest tour stop at Denver's Mile High Stadium. He initially pulled out of the Denver show because of a scheduling conflict, but later reversed the move. The show will be headlined by Black Sabbath, and will feature Disturbed, Slipknot, Crazy Town, Papa Roach, and others.
Some students interviewed immediately after the April 1999 Columbine shootings speculated that Klebold and Harris were influenced by Manson's music, claims that were later denied. The two high school seniors killed 13 people and wounded about two dozen more before taking their own lives.
Manson canceled a concert at Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheater after the shootings, and he has not performed in the area since. He also issued a statement afterward, expressing sympathy for the victims.
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