San Bernardino, CA – On the same day a gunman slaughtered at least 26 people in Texas, rocker Marilyn Manson took out a fake semi-automatic rifle at his concert in California, and pretended to shoot audience members (video below.)
Manson, 48, performed this stunt at a concert in San Bernardino County on Sunday, almost two years after a terrorist attack left 14 dead in that area. His microphone was attached to the top of the toy rifle.
Performing in a wheelchair after a giant gun prop fell on him and broke his leg last month, Manson pointed the fake weapon at the audience, and sprayed them with imaginary bullets.
He was accompanied by the drummer, as the speakers blared out the sound of gunfire.
Manson, dressed as a hospital patient being wheeled around by an orderly, and pretended to shoot the audience during the song titled “We Know Where You F**king Live.”
TMZ reported that Manson did alert the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department about the plans for his gun stunt before doing it, so that deputies would not be surprised.
Manson told TMZ the stunt was an “act of theater” about how easy it is to get semi-automatic weapons.
“My art has always been a reaction to popular culture and my way to make people think about the horrible things that happen in this world,” Manson said. “My performance was not meant to be disrespectful or show any insensitivity.”
Manson performed the stunt at the Knotfest music festival in San Bernardino, which also featured Rob Zombie. He performed just hours after Devin Kelley went on his shooting rampage in Texas.
On Dec. 2, 2015, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik shot up a government training event in San Bernardino, killing 14 people and injuring 22 others.
Farook and Malik died in a shootout with police as they fled the scene of their attack.
See the video of Manson’s fake rifle stunt here: