By Jon Wiederhorn
Marilyn Manson and Alice Cooper may be tour mates on the Masters of Madness tour, but the two have very different approaches when it comes to delicate subject matter.
On June 6, Michael Jackson's daughter Paris reportedly attempted suicide with a kitchen knife after she was unable to get into the Masters of Madness show in Los Angeles. Her mother, Debbie Rowe, told "Entertainment Tonight" that Jackson was "rushed to the hospital with cuts on her wrists."
In response, Manson sarcastically announced "This song is for Paris Jackson," before his band launched into "Disposable Teens."
When he was confronted by the press, Manson said he will provide a VIP invitation to Jackson the next time she wants to see him.
Cooper didn't comment on Manson's stage banter, but in an interview with "Extra" he expressed sympathy for Jackson. "She’s under a lot pressure right now with this trial," he said. "She’s 15 years old…I have two girls, I know what 15-year-old girls are like. Everything is important; everything is emotional. I don’t think the concert was the thing, I think she’s just very emotional right now."
Katherine Jackson’s lawyer Perry Sanders echoed Cooper's sentiments in an interview with USA Today. "Being a sensitive 15-year-old is difficult no matter who you are," he said. "It is especially difficult when you lose the person closest to you. Paris is physically fine and is getting appropriate medical attention. Please respect her privacy and the family's privacy."
With the four-year anniversary of Michael Jackson's death coming up (he passed on June 25, 2009) and an ongoing trial being waged by the late superstar's mother against AEG Entertainment, Jackson's daughter has been emotionally overwhelmed, and has expressed her angst in several Twitter posts.
On June 1 she wrote, "Every time I try to distract myself it never works and I end up making the same mistakes I make every single night." On June 4, she tweeted, "You say I need therapy. Well my darling, so do you. Don’t need for you to tell me what is wrong in all I say or do." And the day before she cut herself, Jackson quoted a lyric from the Beatles' classic “Yesterday”: “Yesterday all my troubles seemed so far away/ Now it looks as though they’re here to stay.”