Aside from Depp-Heard: The Real Horror is the story between Evan Rachel Wood and Marilyn Manson

The documentary Phoenix Rising, on Sky and Now, tells the story of the alleged abuse of actress Evan Rachel Wood by Marilyn Manson for four and a half years. A story that requires reflection on how to undermine the dynamics underlying toxic relationships, beyond hashtags and social (personal) branding campaigns

The global hangover of Johnny Depp’s trial against Amber Heard has just passed, the former wife of the Hollywood star who lost the lawsuit against her in Virginia. After six years, the US judiciary has clarified what has long been more than a suspicion in public opinion: its allegations of harassment and abuse of Captain Jack Sparrow were as likely as the Curse of the First Moon and the Pirates of the Caribbean. . . Well, if you feel like a real nightmare, in Sky and Now is Phoenix Rising, the HBO-produced document featuring Evan Rachel WoodDolores de Westworld, tells, daily in hand, the four and a half years of harassment suffered by Brian Warner, also known as Marilyn Manson, his ex-partner. There are many reasons not to miss it. And none of these, fortunately, have anything to do with voyeurism tout court.

S.Concerning a monograph, Manson did not want to participate in the project, in which he is the only voice of Wood to explain the facts. “I’m still afraid to say his name,” confesses the actress before beginning the macabre dances of the story. Evan was 18 when he met Brian Warner, 37, at a party, who approached her to offer him an interesting but paper-based film project: the emo-dark version of Alice in Wonderland with her as the protagonist. Wood, then, was fresh from the success of the scandalous film Thirteen I Hollywood tended to present her as problematic roles for Lolita who did not represent her. As a child prodigy, he had worked in film since the age of five and had grown from set to set without ever going to school (he graduated “at home”). Clean of a small relationship with Jamie Bell (yes, “Billie Elliot”), when he came of age he didn’t even know he had a vagina. Or if it was “correct” what was found between the legs. A porn magazine thrown out on the street next to a trash can makes him say, “All is well in the South.”

Zero sentimental education and opportunities to measure up to others, I miss a bit of basics about interpersonal relationships and the sexual realm. As a couple, Rachel only knew her parents who, after having a bloody fight for years, one fine morning decide to divorce because the exhausted mother refuses to let the father teach her daughter: “We call each other and stick around like that because that’s what people who love each other do.” But by now Wood had seen these things well, grown up with them, and seduced everyone on screen with the script. She finds herself immersed in this magmatic chaos when she meets what would become her first great love: Brian Warner, also known as Marilyn Manson. What could go wrong?

Lhe was already married to burlesque diva Dita Von Teese, but loses his mind over the blonde “lolita” of cinema and, after being a friend and confidant of her for a few months, tries the approach. “I didn’t like it at all,” he says, “but I finally felt understood by someone.” Manson divorces and they become a couple. After the first stages of Burtoni’s idyll, hell begins: he, with a past of domestic violence suffered in the family by his father, puts all kinds of drugs in front of him (what a surprise!), She accepts the degree only to meet. herself stoned most of the time. Hey, what were you waiting for? Is true. But you can’t expect a “girl,” so it’s defined by looking at old photos that immortalize them together, the same maturity and decision-making ability of an adult woman. Growing up is roulette: you try a little bit of everything and see how it goes. Rachel did not have the means to relate to a partner, let alone a forty-year-old who was already struggling to relate to himself. Although, on stage, he was a rock star revered by millions of fans around the world. At that time, no one and almost no one could see the obvious in him: the insecurities, the desire for revenge against a society that had never really accepted him between bullying and beatings at home. Marilyn Manson was the voice of the marginalized, of those who had never had a real voice before. It’s a shame he, Brian, once grabbed the megaphone, didn’t have much to say, except that the gems were on his cock. The Reverend, the Antichrist was an idiot. Amen.

ELSkin incisions, video set rapes, the press office cutting Wood off statements to give to newspapers, and she explains them. Manson was, in a way, his “god” and Rachel a puppet in his hands. As a follower of a sect, I wanted to be exactly where I was. But to keep it in place without being “wrong” was mostly fear. He was already famous and would have continued anyway. But who would want to upset a “god” (who he really believes in)? So what would be the consequences?

After four and a half years, Wood emerges from this murky history of abuse and total submission. Instead of just crying on social media and putting “Survivor” on Instagram’s biography, is fighting, with the support of a team of attorneys, for the passage of the Phoenix Act in the state of California. And he gets it. Also thanks to his commitment and his testimony in the courtroom, in fact, the statute of limitations for cases of domestic violence goes from three to five years. It may seem like a small thing. But it is not at all. As Wood rightly says: “The victim needs time to realize they have been abused.” Especially when it comes to psychological oppression (though, unfortunately, not only), the person who suffers from it lives in a bubble, in a castle of ad hoc letters impregnated by his executioner. Inside, there are no rules of general common sense and society, from which, however, it is progressively isolated. From abuse to abuse, he completely loses his freedom by considering what is happening to him as “right.” Manipulation is the worst trap you can be trapped in. Especially because there is no room for free will, self-determination, self-awareness. Rebel against what? Because?

G.Looking at the two-part Phoenix Rising document helps to understand how the abusive expression “toxic relationship” is not a hashtag, but a serious and concrete social problem that can and must be fought. at the legislative level to give more guarantees and protections to victims. The thematic social campaigns of the different brands (personal) are zero: they are lonely and talk and narcissism. When will we really address the issue of violence? The wood came out like a phoenix resurrected from its own ashes, but the number of people, women and men, who still live in fear, firmly convinced that it is love is incalculable. No one deserves to live like a slave. Neither Evan Rachel Wood nor your neighbor. If not now, when?

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