Si può dividere l’arte dall’artista? Ce lo siamo chiesti spesso in questo periodo pensando a Jesse Lacey, a Ian Watkins e a tutta la gente nell’industria cinematografica. Ma qui la questione si fa ancora più difficile perché si tratta da un predicatore omicida.
La scorsa domenica, Charles Manson è morto in ospedale all’età di 87 anni e mentre tutti i media ne parlavano, anche il chitarrista dei System Of A Down, Daron Malakian ha voluto dire la sua:
Nel post, Malakian parla dell’arte di Manson e di come l’abbia ispirato durante la scrittura dell’album Toxicity. Non lo ammira per gli omicidi e nemmeno lo giustifica, si basa esclusivamente sul suo valore artistico.
Siccome è ovviamente stato attaccato da chiunque nei commenti, Malakian fornisce un’ulteriore spiegazione alla sua reazione alla notizia della morte del killer:
Let me try to explain one more time for those who just don’t get where I’m coming from on this Manson post. I don’t back the murderer Charles Manson, I back his art and his views on social and environmental issues. Sometimes talented people do bad things. For example, OJ Simpson killed his wife , which is horrible. But you can’t deny the fact that he’s was one of the best football players in history. So there is the murderer OJ, and the Football OJ. So if I was a football player, I could not deny Simpson’s contribution to the game and the impact he had on future football players. Yes he did a horrible thing by killing his wife, but his talent as a football player in undeniable. And for the people who are asking if I would feel the same if Manson killed my family or pregnant wife, this is an example for you. My family was in the Armenian Genocide where millions of Armenians were slaughtered by The Turkish government and Turkish soldiers. But I still enjoy Turkish music, Turkish art, and I have Turkish friends who probably had grandparents who were Turkish soldiers during the genocide.
If all you know about Manson is what you’ve be sold by the media , I don’t blame you for you negative comments. But the other side of Manson was that he was a song writer who’s song “Look at your Game” was covered by Guns n Roses. Manson also had very valid view points on the society and the environment that even some of you people who are calling me disgusting couldn’t argue with if you took the time to look into his interviews. I would say you would be the disgusting ones if you disagree with him on some of these topics. If Manson was just some idiot who killed people he wouldn’t inspire me in any way. I don’t back murders or murderers in any way shape or form!!!!!Manson was a Genius who could articulate his thoughts in very clever ways. That was the Manson who affected me as an artist. For all of you who say your happy he is dead and he should burn in your imaginary Hell, Your the ones who should be ashamed of yourselves. You seam to be just as bad with your thoughts as the murderers you same that you hate so much!!!!
This Manson post is great for filtering out the shallow fans that never got the meaning of my songs to begin with. The ones who only see what’s on the surface, and only see what they are taught. The ones who watched MTV or heard my song on the radio and decided to follow like the sheep you are. I’m tired of explaining myself to you about how I Obviously don’t back up murder or racism. You will never understand that an artist can’t choose what he or she is inspired by. Inspiration just happens. It’s not planned. I’m not gonna apologize about being inspired by Manson. Because he inspired the lyrics and themes of a couple songs I’m very proud of. I didn’t know Manson personally, weather he’s alive or dead makes no difference to me. It’s the inspiration that died which made me sad. So if you want to stop listening to my songs or burn albums go ahead. The nazi fascists did the same thing to musicians and artists they didn’t agree with. “Free thinkers are dangerous”
Insomma, lui non si fa scrupoli a separare l’opera dalla persona ma sicuramente la questione rimane controversa.