Tidal waves were sent throughout the underground hardcore community when a leaked video circulated wildly through the internet last weekend. The 15 second clip showed rock star and self-identified anti-Christ, Marilyn Manson peeling a banana, by breaking off the stub and removing the peel in longitudinal pieces.
Those individuals critical of the method have labelled it as "too average" An assistant to the current tour recorded Manson before his Philadelphia concert. Fearing retribution, the the assistant has requested anonymity.
He recounts the events: "It was before the show, and ya know, Marilyn just needed like an energy boost. I saw him take the banana and peel it, just like some Joe Shmo would do. I couldn't believe my eyes, so I had to get it on tape."
The source first sent it to an Anarchists website, from where it was widely disseminated to all within the non-conformist community. The Anarchists Coalition have issued a statement: "Shocking doesn't begin to describe it. But we believe this act is an aberration on behalf of Mr. Manson, and this incident of conformity is not foreshadowing of any new trend or behavior."
They've called for Manson to continue his tour.
However, many of his fans were not so blithe regarding the incident. Widespread demonstrations were held all over the country, but in particular, Manson's home town of Canton, Ohio. Marilyn Manson fans have actually teamed up with local Church leaders in calling for a boycott of the artist.
Ohio Fan Club president Billy DaCunza comments, "We're f*(#$cking pissed off. So word got out we were gonna stick it Marilyn and some of the church pricks got wind of it. I don't like em, but they gave us some of their old protest signs, cuz we were too lazy to make new ones."
Catholic priest Paul Loveland echoes a similar sentiment, "What we have here is the enemy of evil teaming up with another enemy of evil. While we may not agree on why Mr. Manson is evil, we both agree he's evil."
But not all fans have turned against the shock rocker, some have sided with him, believing "everyone needs a break once in a while". While those supporting him made few statements after the incident, they have finally broken their silence, Satanist Henry Jones, also known as Roasted Eyeballs, offers his sympathy, "We all have our off days, I once used navy blue face paint instead of black. Nobody's perfect. I'm sure given another chance, Manson would smush the banana in his ear, have his dog lick it out, and eat whatever is left... and everyone deserves a second chance."