Evan Rachel Wood has a message for Marilyn Manson following his controversial appearance at Kanye West’s listening event last week.
And that message? The bird.
Wood, 33, flipped off her 52-year-old ex while performing a cover of the New Radicals’ 1998 single “You Get What You Give” on Saturday.
“Fashion shoots with Beck and Hanson, Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson, you’re all fakes, run to your mansions, come around, we’ll kick your asses,” the original lyrics of the song state.
As Wood got around to covering that part of the song, she stuck her middle finger in the air. The crowd erupted in cheers.
The Emmy-nominated actor posted a recording of that performance on her Instagram along with the caption, “For my fellow survivors who got slapped in the face this week. I love you. Don’t give up.”
“Don’t give up, you’ve got a reason to live” is the chorus of the ’90s hit.
Earlier this year, Wood and four other women accused Manson, whose legal name is Brian Warner, of abusing them. Wood began dating the “Antichrist Superstar” singer when she was in her late teens and he was in his late 30s.
“He started grooming me when I was a teenager and horrifically abused me for years,” Wood alleged earlier this year. “I was brainwashed and manipulated into submission. I am done living in fear of retaliation, slander, or blackmail. I am here to expose this dangerous man and call out the many industries that have enabled him, before he ruins any more lives. I stand with the many victims who will no longer be silent.”
Manson has vehemently denied all allegations, which he has called “horrible distortions of reality.”
“My intimate relationships have always been entirely consensual with like-minded partners. Regardless of how — and why — others are now choosing to misrepresent the past, that is the truth,” Manson said.
Over the past few years, Wood has been an activist on domestic violence issues but never publicly disclosed the name of any abuser until 2021. She testified in 2018 before a House Judiciary subcommittee on her experiences as a rape and domestic violence survivor in an effort to get the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights Act passed nationwide.
Manson’s former assistant Ashley Walters — who filed a lawsuit against Manson this year claiming he sexually abused her — commented on Wood’s Instagram post, stating, “Needed” along with a fire emoji and multiple hand-clapping emojis.
Manson was a visible presence at Kanye West’s listening event for his new album “Donda” on Thursday. Manson is also featured on West’s new album, which Wood has referenced on her Instagram Story.
“Triggered, re-traumatized, and unsafe,” she wrote.
Chris Brown, who pleaded guilty to assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009, as well as DaBaby, who was recently accused of making homophobic comments, were also present and collaborated on “Donda,” according to the Los Angeles Times. West’s choice to include the three men has been widely criticized.
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