Shock-rocker star Marilyn Manson has a word for parents: Don't blame me for what your kids do.
"Anyone who blames music for their kids' problems or for kids hurting themselves or others is kidding themselves," Manson told the Los Angeles Times in a story published Sunday. The answer, he said, "is to raise your kids to be more intelligent."
Manson, 29, has been criticized -- and in some cases banned -- for his explicit lyrics and walking corpse persona. His new album "Mechanical Animals" shocked many with its cover, which depicts Manson as a nude, androgynous mannequin.
"Every house that has a Marilyn Manson record probably also has a Bible and history book and William Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet,' " he said. "If anything is taken out of context, it can cause damage."