Marilyn Manson? Shock rock no different than, Alice Cooper. Our society has made, Lady Gaga out to be, Madonna 2.0 well the same can be said of, Marilyn Mason being, Alice Cooper 2.0. One person put it this way about, Marilyn Manson…Looks: He tries to look Goth, but no real Goth dresses that way. Personality: Goths differ wildly in personality, but the fact that he seems to love the limelight suggests that he's not Goth. Music: Definitely not Goth in sound or lyrics, he's much more metal, and much angrier than gothic music. Sisters of Mercy, Bauhaus, Siouxsie and the Banshees - those are some real gothic bands. So, in summation, no, he's not Goth. Real Goths don't like the fact that everyone thinks he's Goth. What about the kids that shot up Columbine? Not Goth.
If you would like to meet some of the best gothic people I know? Join me at Cornerstone Festival and I will introduce you to some great Christian goths, an awesome ministry called, "Asylum Ministries" and bands (SAVIOUR MACHINE AT CORNERSTONE....YES!). To get back to the issue at hand and why I was happy to see this person in Waupaca…it means we are seeing more diversity! Waupaca(ites) are accused of having a cow in every yard from the big city folks. Truth be known, I used to say the same thing about people in Waupaca…until I moved here. These kinds of sub-cultures should not be frowned on or even shunned in any community. Instead it should excite us that the world is coming to our city and we get to see more people from all walks of life. From a ministry/pastor viewpoint? This means we can ASSUME THEY ARE GOING TO HELL AND GET THEM SAVED BECAUSE THEY ARE GOTH!!!! NO…..WRONG ANSWER! Instead it means we get to meet people with different viewpoints and learn a few things. I don’t know where this person is spiritually and certainly cannot make an assumption just by looks. Instead I pray someday I will be able to meet this person and enjoy some conversation about our faith journeys.