Marilyn Manson tagged Nine Inch Nails in a new Instagram post, strongly hinting that his feud with Trent Reznor is over. Reznor made an Instagram post last October praising Antichrist Superstar. He wrote at the time, “20 years ago…Great record.”
Reznor called Manson “a dopey clown” in a 2009 interview with Mojo. Reznor had some harsh words for the Antichrist Superstar at the time, saying, “He is a malicious guy and will step on anybody’s face to succeed and cross any line of decency. Seeing him now, drugs and alcohol now rule his life and he’s become a dopey clown.”
Reznor indicated tension between the pair began during NIN’s The Downward Spiral tour in 1994. “During the Spiral tour we propped them up to get our audience turned on to them and at that time a lot of the people in my circle were pretty far down the road as alcoholics. Not Manson,” Reznor told Mojo. “His drive for success and self-preservation was so high, he pretended to be fucked up a lot when he wasn’t.”
“Starfuckers, Inc.,” the scathing, celebrity-bashing track on 1999’s The Fragile, was rumored to be partially about Manson, but their friendship seemed to be rekindled when Manson himself appeared in the video — even though Reznor is seen throwing Manson’s Mechanical Animals album in the toilet. “Things got shitty between us and I’m not blameless. The majority of it though was coming from a resentment guy who finally got out from under the master’s umbrella and was able to stab him in the back,” Reznor said.