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Marilyn Manson and Iggy Azalea comment on appearances in rape fantasies

By | Published on Monday 24 November 2014

Marilyn Manson

A rep for Marilyn Manson has denied any involvement by the musician in a video that emerged online last week showing Lana Del Rey and director Eli Roth simulating a sexual assault.

A spokesperson for Manson told Pitchfork: “Manson did not direct this, shoot it, nor was it for a Marilyn Manson video or outtake footage made by him or to be used by him with his music. It must be a fan video splicing up old Manson video footage with someone else’s Lana Del Rey footage”.

The video, titled ‘Sturmgruppe 2013 Reel (Short Film)’, which was promptly issued with a takedown notice, used footage from two Manson videos, intercut with the assault scene.

Interviewed by Larry King last year, Roth said that he had made a music video with Manson and Del Rey, but that “The footage is so sick, it’s been locked in a vault for over a year”. Whether the footage that appeared in the Sturmgruppe video was part of this ‘lost’ music video remains unclear. As yet, Del Rey and Roth have not commented.

This was not, sadly, the only controversy surrounding an fictional sexual assault to hit the music industry last week, after Eminem released a new track, ‘Vegas’, in which he fantasises about raping Iggy Azalea. The lyrics of the track read: “So what’s it gon be? Put that shit away, Iggy. You don’t wanna blow that rape whistle on me. Scream! I love it. Before I get lost with gettin off”.

Responding via Twitter, Azalea said: “I’m bored of the old men threatening young women as entertainment trend and much more interested in the young women getting $ trend”.

She added: “It’s especially awkward because my fourteen year old brother is the biggest Eminem fan and now the artist he admired says he wants to rape me. Nice!”