Marilyn Manson, known shock rocker and all around dickhead, had a question for his fans on Tuesday:
Manson, who recently expressed some concerns about widespread sexual misconduct allegations being “insulting to people that have been sexually assaulted” and diverting the “world’s attention from the artistic element of Hollywood,” has picked quite the time to negotiate a job offer with his pal Johnny Depp. The Pirates of the Caribbean star and guitarist for nightmare supergroup Hollywood Vampires is just one of many men who’s managed to survive Hollywood’s reckoning despite a checkered past with abuse allegations.
Depp’s ex-wife Amber Heard accused him of domestic violence in 2016, which led to a murky timeline of lawsuits, conflicting accounts from Heard and Depp’s assistants, and legitimate doubts as to how he’s still getting work in the industry. The allegations were reexamined in the wake of the #MeToo movement, with his Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them director David Yates and author of the book that inspired the film, J.K. Rowling, performing verbal gymnastics to defend his role in the upcoming sequel. In fact, they’re thrilled to continue giving him work.
Manson seems to have similar enthusiasm in working with Depp, though he’d be turning his band into a rotating cast of alleged abusers. Although they play different instruments, Manson would effectively be replacing his longtime bassist Twiggy Ramirez, who was accused of rape, with another man accused of violence against women. As a quick stroll through the replies underneath Manson’s tweet illustrates, some Depp fans doubt the veracity of Heard’s allegations—and it wouldn’t be hard to see why one of his friends might feel the same way.
All said, it must be comforting for Depp, to know that he can freely slither between industries that are selective with whom they hold accountable. Thus far, Hollywood has been slightly less forgiving to A-listers than the music industry, but who’s to say Depp wouldn’t keep bouncing back and forth until all we can remember is his tired-ass Keith Richards pirate shtick.