Volume > Issue > Can Teenagers Survive Marilyn Manson?

Can Teenagers Survive Marilyn Manson?

TRYING TO BE ANYTHING BUT A NERD OR A NOBODY

By James K. Fitzpatrick | November 1997
James K. Fitzpatrick teaches in a public high school in the suburbs of New York City and is the author of four books. He has written for The Wanderer and The Latin Mass magazine.

I have never heard a song by this “Marilyn Manson” character. But I have read the horror stories about his “concerts” — about the salaciousness, homosexuality, and anti-Christian scatology that are central to his performances. His choice of a stage name that links the images of Marilyn Monroe and Charles Manson speaks volumes.

Many Christian parents are seeking some way to minimize his influence on their children, and I have no intention of calling for less vigilance. There is no place for this “music” in a Christian home. Do try to keep your kids away from it!

But what if you can’t? Certain children who want to listen, will. There are too many places — car stereos, portable cassette players, and the like — for them to gain access. It is not like the days when most homes had just one hi-fi in the family room.

What should parents do if they think their children have become part of the Marilyn Manson audience? How much of a family confrontation is in order? Are there cases when parents can ride through this phenomenon, look the other way and hope for the best?

Enjoyed reading this?

READ MORE! REGISTER TODAY

SUBSCRIBE

You May Also Enjoy

Workers of the World, Unite! — In Front of the Boob Tube

"Prime-time roles" for "people of color on the small screen"

A Double Standard

In the wake of the Imus affair: Either there should be freedom of speech for everyone, or there should be censorship for most everyone.

The Alchemy of Consumption

Go out and buy something — it's your patriotic duty!