Marilyn Manson Performing for Obama? Not So Fast!

Evan Rachel Wood claims her ex was asked to perform for the president-elect's campaign

By Marc Malkin Nov 10, 2008 10:43 PMTags
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Jennifer Hudson has done it. So have Bruce Springsteen, John Legend and Barbra Streisand.

We're talking about performing for Barack Obama.

Now comes a claim from Marilyn Manson's ex-girlfriend Evan Rachel Wood that the wacko rocker and his bassist Twiggy Ramirez were asked by the Obama camp to perform in support of the campaign.

Problem is, it doesn't sound like such a request was ever made. At least according to an Obama spokesperson who quickly shot down Wood's claim, responding in an email, "That is not true."

So what did Wood have to say about the supposed offer?

"I advised them not to do it," Wood said last night in L.A. at the Behind the Camera Awards, presented by Hamilton and Hollywood Life magazine. "I said, 'If you show up there, it's not going to be good. It's going to bring a lot of controversy, which I know you love, but Obama doesn't need it right now.' "

Invitation or not, Wood thinks her ex should head to Washington in January: "Now that Obama's been officially elected, I might call Manson and say, 'Just go! Just go to the inauguration!' "

A rep for Manson did not immediately comment.

Meanwhile, Wood had much to say about another political topic—the passage of California's Prop 8.

"I don't want to bash religion or Christian morals, but I think if you're an American, you should have the freedom to do whatever you want," she said. "This whole thing really breaks my heart, considering it has to do with love. Why should there be laws telling us who we can and can't love?"

—Additional reporting by Dahvi Shira