The Daring Marilyn Manson Instagram Ads That Were Banned

The Daring Marilyn Manson Instagram Ads That Were Banned

Now the ads are on Instagram for the whole world to see.

Now the ads are on Instagram for the whole world to see.

Text: Cassidy Morrison

In celebration of his upcoming tenth studio album, Heaven Upside Down, due out October 6, Marilyn Manson collaborated with pop artist Alex Kazemi to concoct a series of shocking video clips to be posted on Instagram. The clips feature satanic, occult imagery, fetish play and of course, blood. The Instagram campaign was pulled due to timing, but the images have been released on @bannedmmads for the world to see.

“I believe Heaven Upside Down is his greatest and most prolific work to date,” Kazemi told Dazed. “What’s a better way to celebrate than satanic strippers, boys getting hardcore and blood?”

“I wish this could air on TV. This is the kind of thing I would want to disrupt people in their living rooms when they are watching America’s Got Talent or whatever. This is the best time to be bad. These are the kinds of things we should be doing in a world where someone like Trump is in power. America needs rock‘n’roll and Marilyn Manson more than ever. It’s clear Jesus is still around, and that to me is like a a total serious problem.”

Manson and Kazemi have been trying to work with one another for years. Both artists reject dogmatic and oppressive religion and schools of thought, seeking to disrupt the ever-present conservatism that has permeated American culture. The photos, shot by makeup artist Riley DW Johnson, touch on “a kind of malice” felt around the world following the 2016 election. Johnson, a queer person himself, was able to bring Kazemi’s vision to life with his visceral and sometimes disturbing shots.

“I mean is shock the point of this? I don’t know,” Kazemi said. “I honestly don’t think any of this is shocking, but I showed the clips to my Christian family and they were acting like they were forced to watch a snuff film at gunpoint. Religion is a disease and anything dogmatic to me is, and anything oppressive. Anything that restricts creative freedom, or creative thought – does not serve anyone in the end.”

Photo: Riley DW Johnson

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