Marilyn Manson Parts Ways With Bassist Due to Rape Allegations

Marilyn Manson Parts Ways With Bassist Due to Rape Allegations

Could this be another symptom of the Post-Weinstein era?

Could this be another symptom of the Post-Weinstein era?

Text: Cassidy Morrison

Jessicka Addams of riot grrrl band Jack Off Jill posted a statement Friday about an abusive relationship she endured in the '90s with Marilyn Manson’s bassist Twiggy Ramirez (real name Jeordie White), leading Manson to quickly announce Ramirez and he are parting ways. Addams posted her statement to Facebook in which she detailed an emotionally and physically abusive relationship that spanned several years, and added that she received warnings from her record company to keep quiet about the allegations, saying that Jack Off Jill would be “black balled by concert promoters, radio programmers, and other bands and their managers”.

Addams posted in July that her abuser was still playing for Manson’s band, and added, “to all women know YOU are walking into a bad situation when you walk onto that bus or that hotel room. Think first."

On October 24, Manson released a short Tweet saying that he had decided to, “part ways with Jeordie White as a member of Marilyn Manson” and that White would be replaced for the upcoming tour.

In this post-Weinstein climate, women should be applauded for courageously speaking out against their assailants, but it remains despicable that only now Ramirez's career is in jeopardy. Addams bravely raised her voice but it had as much impact as yelling in an empty room. So many women have been told what Addams was told by her record company: if you speak, retribution is imminent. Instead of being complicit to men’s poor behavior, perhaps it is time to listen to the women who have been hurt and then hold those abusers accountable. Luckily, action is being taken across industries to root out the abusers, but it has taken much too long to do so. No longer can we blame the rock and roll '90s, or, as Weinstein put it, the freewheeling '70s. Men should be held responsible in any decade, at any time. Hopefully, the recent climate of accountability sticks around long enough to make a noticeable difference.

UP NEXT

A Hunter S. Thompson Series is Coming to Your Small Screen