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∟Marilyn Manson_ Portrait of an American Family (1994)
I wanted to use a photo in [the album]’s booklet of me naked on a couch when I was a kid. When you hold up something to people, usually what they see in it is what’s inside them in the first place. And that’s what happened because the lawyers at Interscope said, ‘First off, that picture’s going to be considered child pornography, and not only will no stores carry the album but we’re subject to legal retribution from it.’ They said if a judge were to look at it, the law states that if a photograph of a minor elicits sexual excitement then it’s considered child pornography. I said, ‘That’s exactly my point. This is a photograph that was taken by my mother, and it’s extremely innocent and very normal. But if you see it as pornography, why am I the guilty person? You’re the person who’s got a hard-on. Why aren’t you punished? That’s still a point I’d like to make. People’s morality is so ridiculous: If they get excited by it, then it’s wrong.
— Marilyn Manson