Bowling for Columbine – script
Several people say : Marilyn Manson, Marilyn Manson, …
Journalist (woman) : Marilyn Manson has cancelled the last five dates of the US tour out of respect for those lost in Littleton. But the singer says artists like himself are not the one to blame.
Politician : This is perhaps the sickest group ever promoted by a mainstream record company.
Song (lyrics) : I’m not a slave to a god that doesn’t exist. Michael Moore’s voice : After Columbine, it seemed that the entire focus on why the shootings occurred was because the killers listened to Marilyn Manson. Two years after Columbine, Manson finally returned to Denver.
Journalist (man) : The Ozzfest brings shock rocker Marilyn Manson to Denver tomorrow.
Michael Moore’s voice : There were protests from the religious realm, but I thought I’d go and talk with him myself.
Marilyn Manson : As a kid growing up, music was the escape. That was the only thing that had no judgement. You put on a record and it’s not going to yell at you for dressing the way you do. It’s gonna make you feel better about it.
A religious group’s spokesman : Some will be so brash to ask if we believe that all who’ll hear Marilyn Manson tomorrow night will go out and commit violent acts. The answer is no. But does everybody who watches a Lexus ad go and buy a Lexus? No, but a few do!
Marilyn Manson : I definitely can see why they would pick me up, because I think it’s easy to throw my face on a TV. Because, in the end, I’m a symbol for fear. Because I represent what everyone is afraid of. Because I do and say what I want.
A religious group’s spokesman : Marilyn Manson can walk into our town and promote hate, violence, suicide, death, drug using, Columbine-like behaviour. But not without a fight, he can’t!
Marilyn Manson : The two by-products of that whole tragedy were violence in entertainment and gun control. And how perfect, that were two things we were going to talk about with the up-coming election. And also then we forgot about Monica Lewinsky, we forgot about the President was shooting bombs overseas. Yet, I’m a bad guy because I sing some rock’n roll songs. But who has the biggest influence : the President or Marilyn Manson? I’d like to think it’s me but I’m gonna toward the President.
Michael Moore : Do you know the day the Columbine happened, the US dropped more bombs on Kosovo than any other time during their war?
Marilyn Manson : I do know that and I think that’s really ironic, you know, that nobody said maybe the President had an influence on this violent behaviour; because that’s not the way the media wants to make it and spin it in term of fear. Because when you’re watching television, you’re watching the news; you’re being pumped full of fear : there’s flood, there’s AIDS, there’s murder. Cut, the commercial : buy the acura, buy the colgate. “If you have bad breath, they’re not gonna talk to you”, “if you’ve got pimples, girls are not gonna f**k you”. And it’s just a campaign of fear and consumption. And that’s what I think it’s all based on it, the whole idea that keep everyone afraid and they’ll consume. And that’s really simple.
Michael Moore : If you were to talk directly to the kids of Columbine or the people in their community, what would you say to them if they were hearing now?
Marilyn Manson : I wouldn’t say a single word to them but I would listen to what they have to say; and that’s what no one did.