Phoebe Bridgers Reflects on Smashing Her Guitar on 'SNL' & Marilyn Manson Abuse Allegations

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Phoebe Bridgers performs 'Kyoto' on 'Saturday Night Live' on Feb. 6, 2021.

Phoebe Bridgers spoke with CNN's Christiane Amanpour about her smashing stint on Saturday Night Live and the industry's reckoning with Marilyn Manson.

The indie rocker made quite the smashing debut on the late-night comedy show Feb. 6 when she bashed her guitar against the stage monitor during her performance of "I Know the End."

"I've always wanted to do it," Bridgers told Amanpour in a new interview. "And then when I mentioned it to the show, they were really excited and they built me this whole monitor that would look like it was exploding even if I wasn't hitting it that hard. So yeah, just a bucket list thing."

Even though she happily crossed it off her list, David Crosby bashed her stunt as "pathetic" the following day, and later tweeted he wasn't a fan (and never has been) of artists smashing their guitars. Bridgers rebuked him, calling him a "little bi---" Twitter, and later joking that he was "obsessed" with her by posting the music video for Mariah Carey's 2009 hit by the same name.

The "Kyoto" singer has also been vocal about the abuse allegations against Marilyn Manson. She publicly recalled her own account, tweeting on Feb. 4 that when she was visiting his house as a teenager, he had allegedly pointed out the "r*pe room." Bridgers claimed in her tweets that people in his circle knew about his behavior, and that distancing themselves from the shock rocker once the allegations were made public was "pathetic." She did not name names nor specify what it was exactly that they knew. In her CNN interview, she described their pulling away as "performance activism."

"I think it's very funny that Marilyn Manson's label decided to drop him right when the story went public. And people have just known about it for so long. I find that very annoying," she said. "I think it's a lot of performative activism, basically. I think people should take more responsibility more internally. It doesn't matter how many people know about it. You should look into things like you're the FBI."

California's Sen. Susan Rubio wrote a letter to Monty Wilkinson, the acting U.S. Attorney General, and Director Christopher Wray of the FBI that demanded Manson be investigated.

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Since Evan Rachel Wood named Manson as her abuser Feb. 1, other women have come forward with abuse allegations against the shock rocker. Manson denied the abuse claims, saying in a Feb. 1 statement, saying his "intimate relationships" were all "entirely consensual."His label, Loma Vista, longtime manager, and talent agency have all since cut ties with the musician.

Watch Bridgers' CNN interview here.