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spaceSuicide
10-22-2009, 09:43 AM
I brought the Golden Age of Grotesque with me to College today and gave it a listen to and from the school. It reminded me of references I once thought of in relation to the track Better of Two Evils. I figured I'd share in widespread my references in regards to it.

As most know, almost willingly, the song is about media/paparazzi exposure and the image they have given Manson over the years. I just happen find a subtle (or even high exaggerated?) reference to Nazis of Germany throughout the lyrics and in relation to the Holocaust. It switches between sides in the struggle throughout the song. Allow me to explain the best I can by dissecting the lyrics with my commentery:


Haters call me bitch
Call me faggot
Call me whitey
I am something you can never be
Hey!
Yeah, yeah, yeah

Here we have the opening verse which is also the main chorus.

Nazi image through public opinion in Germany stressed over between their views and the Jewish people of the Third Riech, as an internal struggle. Nazis were known to give ultimmatums in terms of laws and enforcing them upon the nation. They may have been perceived at times, by very few people, as corrupt. This in turn also goes hand in hand with the Nazi Party's propaganda in making Jews seen as an enemy of the state. Both can be seen as an evil, one a neccessary evil deemed by its ethnic standings (Nazis) and an incurable evil (Jews). Most will side with the better of two evils - which in turn sees Nazis at the forefront due to its "proper approach to problems." (Eventually the Holocaust)


I won't look prettier if I smile for the picture
Motherfuckers never liked me then
And they sure won't like me now
Jewish people in the German media in photography during the 1930's and early 1940's showed the people with mostly stressed emotions and actions. For Jews, there's no need to fake smile in photos taken for whatever they were needed for as public opinion has turned against them. No need to smile for the picture, society has never liked me and if I do smile it won't make them like me now for no reason.


Don't try to drag me down in your cliché
Your fake smile fits your faker face
So I find all my pleasure in your misery, yeah

Yeah, yeah, yeah

The view turns to the Nazi side of things as we see fake smiles promoting the good of the Nation by wronging these individuals through various acts and attacks. They find pleasure in their misery by use of sanctioned force. Their morals are fake and mirror that of the Fuhrer as they cannot see otherwise. The cliche is obvious in relation to sworn allegiance to the state and Adolf Hitler.


I'll step on you on my way up
I'll step on you on my way down
I'll step on you on my way up
I'll step on you on my way down
Basic for saying the Nazi Platform will step on anyone in their way to power. They won't go out with a whimper so they'll take as many down as they can when they fail. (Step on people on their way to power and step on people on their way down) It lasted for a bit until their surrender in 1945, obviously.

Chorus.


I'll be your scapegoat
I'll be your savior
I'm the better of two evils
Yeah, yeah, yeah
I'm the better of two evils
Yeah, yeah, yeah
I'm the better of two evils
Yeah, yeah, yeah

Jews = Scapegoat for society.
Nazis = Savior of the society.

Refer back to chorus for better of Two Evils explanation.


I want to hang all you cattle with your velvet rope
Motherfuckers step up and get into an orderly line
I'll show you how to make a muscle
It takes less strength to grin than
It does to spit on all you paparazzi Nazis, yeah

Hanging is a form of suicide or sentence of death. Jews were loaded into cattle cars to be taken to the death camps and concentration camps such as Auschwitz, Buchenwald, Triblinka, etc. Reference of death to cattle (seen as lessers) aka death to Jewish people. They also had to get into orderly lines at roll calls at the camps.

Also denotes how Nazi power shows through its actions rather than through facades in public opinion. (Show you how to make a muscle)

Chorus.


Don't try to lead me to temptation
Don't try to lead me to temptation
Don't try to lead me to temptation
I've been delivered and I already know the way
Hey!

Nazis acheived the power they did through temptation for a better Nation. Vaguely, Jewish people knew of their fates as death became the answer to their futures. They already knew the way before they were delivered to a camp.

Chorus. etc.

I hope this made an ounce of sense. I have the ideas to be put into motion but my points and how I made them might seems foggy. if you want further explanation le tme know. By the way, discuss or comment if possible!

Jakob Synn
10-22-2009, 10:13 AM
It's an interesting take on the song and makes you think differently when you listen to the song.

I like it!!!

Thumbs up!

S.D.
10-22-2009, 03:15 PM
I won't look prettier if I smile for the picture
Motherfuckers never liked me then
And they sure won't like me now

Jewish people in the German media in photography during the 1930's and early 1940's showed the people with mostly stressed emotions and actions. For Jews, there's no need to fake smile in photos taken for whatever they were needed for as public opinion has turned against them. No need to smile for the picture, society has never liked me and if I do smile it won't make them like me now for no reason.

This I feel is an accurate and astute analysis, though if you'll allow me I also feel a converse point could be made regarding the depiction of the Jew in Nazi propaganda. As demonstrated in the image supplied below, the Jew was often shown to be a rather horrific, leering, grinning figure, usually to imply a soulless quality or the notion that the Jew is wantonly greedy or covetous of wealth and quantity:-


http://i403.photobucket.com/albums/pp112/providermodule/Analysis/Juden.jpg

The picture shows an image from a propaganda sketch, and inset, the front cover to an edition of Der Stürmer, a popular "tabloid" newspaper that was notorious for being a regular banner for anti-semitism in the German media during the time when the Nazi party rose to power and engaged in war across Europe.

So it could be suggested, that as a reflection of the Jew as scapegoat (not forgetting that Marilyn Manson's family were originally Polish in descent), Manson is commenting that in the case of this propaganda, whether the subject smiled or not, they would still not look "prettier" in the picture, as the smile was turned into a grimace. That same logic reminds us that the emblem for the Nazi party, the swastika, was an image of positivity turned into something which would come to represent hatred and destruction. A similar attribution of reversed signifiers can be located in Walter Winchell's description (which I noted in the original THEOL at MansonUSA) of Riefenstahl as "pretty as a swastika", implying that whilst she was beautiful, she was only as attractive as the hate regime that her early work championed and celebrated.

Incidentally:-


http://i403.photobucket.com/albums/pp112/providermodule/Analysis/ssmile.jpg

"I won't look prettier if I smile for the picture"

spaceSuicide
10-22-2009, 04:55 PM
Nice add ons S.D.

I was mostly basing the smiles, demeanors and actions of photos in relation to pictures taken from Ghettos and Camps that were later planned for usage in films, books, etc.

Relating back to your comment about negative images in propaganda you are entirely right. Most posters surrounding the topics featured a fat, big nosed, balding character to represent Jews whilst a clean cut, light haired character for Ayran dominance.


http://www.annefrankguide.net/en-US/content/struggle.jpg

Of course always false representation sparks fear and controversy within societies. Not much different than what our dear Manson has experienced. No, I'm not saying he's in any shape or form discriminated against as much as Jewish people were but eh.

Adding the Manson photo with Lily White is also a nice touch to further illustrate.

[god]speed
10-26-2009, 01:45 AM
I respectively disagree that the Better of Two Evils has any ties to the Holocaust.
I have an interpretation but at this time do not have the time to compose it.

spaceSuicide
10-26-2009, 12:33 PM
speed]I respectively disagree that the Better of Two Evils has any ties to the Holocaust.
I have an interpretation but at this time do not have the time to compose it.

That's quite alright.

Feel free to post whatever you comprise when you do so.

S.D.
10-27-2009, 12:33 PM
Concerning "Paparazzinazis", which is actually in bold in the lyric book, drawing attention to it outside of just the song, it's interesting that no one has ever made the link between that and Fellini.
I remember being taught by a film mentor about five years ago when studying La Dolce Vita that the character Paparazzo was what created the name Paparazzi, the term didn't exist prior to that film. Manson would surely know this. Also, Nazi is synonymous with "Fascist", which the same person taught me is derived from the word "Fasciti" [paraphrased], he may have meant fascismo, but apparently the Praetorian Roman Guard were called "Fasciti", and their behaviour associated with intolerance and brutality.
Nazi is an appropriation of "National Socialism" also, so essentially, you have these derivative terms that didn't exist before 1920 incorporated into one word, which I think is Manson referencing that even in making up words as he did throughout The Golden Age of Grotesque, he wasn't describing anything that didn't already exist in society. Quite literally "Everything has been said before, nothing left to say anymore".


“You certainly can’t be a fascist when you are into fashion. So let’s put on our best suit, here comes the GOLDEN AGE.” – from the journal of Marilyn Manson, June 2002