Lana Del Rey, Marilyn Manson, Eli Roth's Lost Troubling Video
Where does this Lana Del Rey/Marilyn Manson/Eli Roth mysterious clip come from? Everybody seemed to talk about it on Thursday, and nobody had the real answer. It has suddenly resurged and, everyone seemed to be shocked by the video and rant about its disturbing nature,… but when names like Eli Roth (the horror ‘Hostel’ movies) and Marilyn Manson are associated with something, should we even be surprised?
Okay I should say first that Manson’s representative, Kathryn Frazier of Biz3, has declared that the Goth singer has nothing to do with the video and that ‘It must be a fan video splicing up old Manson video footage with someone else’s Lana Del Rey footage’, but it’s hard to believe, since Roth had once revealed in a Larry King interview, that he had filmed ‘a video with Marilyn Manson and Lana Del Rey that was “so sick” it had to be locked up in a vault’
I watched it this morning, but ‘Sturmgruppe 2013 Reel’ — that’s how it is called — has first disappeared (many links on diverse websites don’t work anymore) to reappear somewhere else, it’s hard to kill something on the internet… I am not sure how long the link below is gonna work, because it has been declared to be a controversial short movie! It has everything to alarm the right-thinking leagues: a rape scene featuring ultraviolence girl Lana Del Rey, some weird looking characters with fake flaccid breasts, a bloody drowning girl, Manson as a sniper on a rooftop, and a sort of freaky party going on….
Oh it’s not that disturbing for god’s sake, it’s more psychologically disturbing than gory disturbing and when you have seen Lars Von Trier’s ‘Antichrist’, nothing can really disturb you. Plus, there’s not enough of it to make a big deal of the story… The guy raping Del Rey is Roth himself, so this looks like a sort of inside joke and I have seen enough nature videos on the National Geographic channel to be still disturbed by a prey mantis devouring a ladybug!
The problem I have with this is the lack of context, if this is an excerpt of a longer movie that gives some sense to this rape scene, I am okay with it, but if it’s just this, if they are just filming a rape scene for its shocking value, it’s kind of sick… some people say it’s part of a longer Del Rey’s project, and in this case I wouldn’t be surprised, as this girl likes to glamorize everything, from pure violence to bad guys, death of young musicians and drug addiction,… so why not rape? You probably have noted the party balloons with ‘rape’ written on them… that’s for sure a freaky celebration. And this is the problem I have with Del Rey, she can sing all the songs she wants about ‘he hit me and it felt like a kiss’, it always sound like an act, not coming from an authentic experience but rather a deliberated wish to sexualize culture and introduce more violence in it, only for her own esthetic reasons… and because it goes very well with her plump lips and passive blank stare… Oh Lana, you look so pretty when you are raped, you’re wearing the right t-shirt and have the perfect nail polish on… and that’s why this clip is so wrong.