Eccentric shock-rocker Marilyn Manson is no stranger to controversy, so it shouldn't come as a surprise to learn that he's recently come under fire for playing a Native American hit-man in the upcoming 'cerebral revenge' tale Let Me Make You A Martyr.
Check out the beguiling, dream-like trailer for the movie below, in which Manson features as a glassy-eyed sociopath:
Many have unloaded their race-conscious vitriol over social media, demanding to know why one of the whitest men alive is portraying a Native American.
Twitter Erupts in Protest
But here's where things get a little hazy: Marilyn Manson is in fact part Native American. The surprisingly eloquent star spoke to Rolling Stone about his heritage in relation to the role:
"I am part Indian. I really didn’t have to change too much about myself physically. I already had just shaved my hair to a Mohawk and it’s black already, so without being stereotypical, that seems like the character would have that if he was part Indian. I think originally they had envisioned someone with long black hair."
Manson is part Sioux, on his mother's side of the family, from the Appalachian Mountains, West Virginia. He even took part in a Native American–run program akin to Boy Scouts as a child, so he's more suited to the role than your average American WASP.
Plus, the singer said he wasn't even aware of his character's heritage when he took the role, the script mentioning nothing of it.
What do you think? Is the online backlash against Manson justified? Should he have stepped aside for a "real" Native American actor, or has this all been blown out of proportion?