Beginning with its name, the band Marilyn Manson is a study in contradictions. In an interview with MTV Europe, Marilyn Manson (ne Brian Warner) explained the concept. "The name really describes everything that I have to say. Male and female, beauty and ugliness, and it's very American. It's a statement on the power that we give to icons like Marilyn Monroe and Charles Manson. It's about paradox--diametrically opposed archetypes."