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I Have Questions About Halsey’s Marilyn Manson Tattoo

Halsey's Marilyn Manson Tattoo
Halsey and Evan Rachel Wood – Halsey’s Marilyn Manson tattoo

This new item will not bring a definitive conclusion to the Evan Rachel Wood versus Marilyn Manson debate, but it certainly raises more questions and it is worth taking a closer look.

On February 27, 2018, Evan Rachel Wood and two other women testified in front of Congress about her experience with sexual assault. It was an attempt to expand the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights Act beyond the federal level and into all 50 states. At the time, she spoke about her abuse and the subsequent PTSD she suffered from but didn’t name Marilyn Manson. However, because she said it happened “a decade ago,” everyone thought at the time that she was talking about Marilyn Manson. Three years later, she named Manson as her abuser in an Instagram statement.

Evan Rachel Wood and popular singer Halsey were seen together hanging out at the women’s March in 2017, and since they are both two outspoken bisexual women, they interacted (and agreed) on the subject via Twitter as this article reported. This happened just 2 months before Wood’s testimony in front of congress.

The connection between the two young women is interesting because Halsey is a huge Marilyn Manson fan: she is so crazy about the rock star that she got a tattoo of his face on her ribs when she was in Adelaide, Australia in February 2019. Timeline is important, as this happened after Wood’s testimony in 2018. As I said, even though Wood had not named Manson yet, his name as an abuser was already on everyone’s mind. As a matter of fact, Halsey’s tattoo was seen as a controversial choice or even disturbing at the time. She posted a photo of her new ink on Instagram, but took it down at some point, probably due to the negative comments she was receiving. There are still plenty of photos of the tattoo floating around though.

Halsey also posed with Manson (and actor Adrien Brody) during a Vanity Fair Oscar Party in 2019, and she dressed up as her idol for Halloween 2019. She is apparently brave enough to keep the photo on her Instagram page despite a ton of unpleasing comments… “Take it down” you can read on repeat in the comment section. Well, it’s still there, even after the airing of the documentary “Phoenix Rising” on HBO. You would think that an artist with 28.8 million Instagram followers has an army to scrutinize her social media very carefully, so this cannot be a mistake.

I don’t know if Halsey and Evan Rachel Wood have a real relationship, but there is no doubt they know each other and have hung out together. There is little doubt that Halsey knew about the allegations back in 2019 when she got the tattoo. The fact that her “Mechanical Animals” photo is still there is impressive at a time when any person showing any liking to Manson gets harassed by their fans. Her fans are constantly asking her to denounce Manson or remove her tattoo, and time will tell if she decides to remove it or not. However, she is still proud to show some skin and her MM tattoo since these photos were taken just a few days ago.

I bet she will keep it because she decided to get it when people were already suspicious of Manson. Her case is really interesting because she is considered a feminist artist with songs about empowering women and a big supporter of the #metoo movement. She even recited a poem about sexual abuse at a women’s march! So, what does it mean? Why isn’t she supporting Evan Rachel Wood’s cause? How can she reconcile her love for Manson with her advocacy for women’s rights? The question is: does she even believe the allegations against Manson? It’s surprising that Evan Rachel Wood hasn’t confronted Halsey yet whereas Wood didn’t hesitate to tweet that Kobe Bryant was a rapist when his body wasn’t even cold.

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