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Marilyn Manson Teaches Class At Temple University

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Marilyn Manson surprised an unsuspecting class of students Monday (Nov. 22) at Temple University in Philadelphia when he became the Professor of an Art and Society class for the day (photo), as part of MTV's "Stand-In" series. Manson's spin as a philosophy professor was the latest in a regular network feature that has included Sen. John Kerry, Snoop Dogg, and Jesse Jackson.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the students gasped when Manson — decked out in a black suit, shirt and tie, platform shoes with a chrome toe box, his trademark dark lipstick and bulbous sunglasses — entered with a small entourage.

"Oh my god, it's Marilyn Manson," one student said, and the class burst into applause.

The routine with the blackboard aside, Manson quickly established that he did not plan to be a typical substitute.

"I'm not Edward James Olmos," he said, referring to the actor who starred in the 1987 film "Stand and Deliver."

But the absinthe stayed in the bottle, and for an hour Manson led the class on a rambling but fascinating tour of his controversial political opinions and religious beliefs, as well as his definition of art and the shortcomings of the mass media.

"I'm not someone who doesn't respect religion," Manson said in response to a student question. "But I don't care for the way religion is used to manipulate people."

He said later: "We create our own gods. We create our own devils."

Manson's comments were mild compared to many he made in the 1990s, when he was at his most popular and his most controversial. Religious and civic groups frequently picketed his concerts.

But as he spoke with students, Manson was fairly reserved, frequently waxing appropriately philosophical.

"Art, for me, is a question mark. I don't think it should ever be an answer," he said.

MtvU is MTV's 24-hour college network, reaching over 700 campuses across the country. MTV has scheduled the program to air on December 6.

Source: Blabbermouth.net

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1. Big_Dan writes:

Christ, Marilyn Manson should be shot. f***in' Dani Filth rip-off mother f***er. And no one tell me Dani is a rip off of him, Cradle's been around since '92. Manson didn't dress "goth" till '96. before that he just dressed like a punk, a fag, or a girl, sometimes all 3 at a time.

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2. myq13 writes:

So is everyone that started dressing goth after 92 a Dani Filth rip off? And what about people that did it before 92? I guess Dani is ripping them off.

# Nov 24, 2004 @ 10:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Big_Dan writes:

well, I guess you got me there...I guess Manson just brought it to the pop scene. Isn't odd how someone that is so anti-pop is really pop himself?

# Nov 25, 2004 @ 4:06 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Muffy writes:

marilyn is a self proclaimed c*** smoker; end of discussion.

# Nov 25, 2004 @ 9:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Leo writes:

That comment coming from someone with the screen name "Muffy" I think you can cast that opinion aside rather quickly. Screw this girl, shes wrong; Manson rules.

# Nov 26, 2004 @ 6:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Big Dan writes:

f*** that, muffy is right, manson is a p***y. His music is for teeny bopers that think they are Anti-pop or something and he himself is pop.

# Nov 26, 2004 @ 8:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. vanessa writes:

manson rocks his concerts r osm .. and i think hes doin a good job bringing everything back .. i really like manson a lot hes one of the best bands around right now

# Nov 28, 2004 @ 6:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Big_Dan writes:

WHAT? Manson is one of the best bands around right now? what the fvck? do you own a radio? even that sh** is better than Manson. I've seen more talent in a septic tank!

# Nov 28, 2004 @ 10:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. charlotte writes:

marilyn manson f***ing rules, shut the f*** up you fags and stop classifying him, who gives a f***, he will be better than you so stop b****ing about it. f*** u! dumbass's!!!!! try to be better than marilyn manson, im sure if u faggits were famous people would say this sh** about you, grow up f***ass's

# Dec 9, 2004 @ 9:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. the great gonzo writes:

manson owns all of your souls and those who appreciate him have no problem with this...

# Dec 10, 2004 @ 8:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. ac666 writes:

This is the concept for a TV show? Wow, that sucks.

# Dec 10, 2004 @ 9:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. cannibalgirl writes:

woah, he taught an art class? thats awesome.
manson is a great band, and its been around long enough to atleast gain your respect!

# Dec 11, 2004 @ 6:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. vanessa k writes:

manson is the greatest and n-e 1 who dont think that is a freaking crazy a$$ hole

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