Now that Charles Manson has finally bitten the big one, it’s only natural that the hot takes start flowing like lava. Here’s the L.A. Times own scorching contribution:
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) November 20, 2017
L.A. Times opinion contributor David Ulin writes:
Manson, though, was no devil but a human being, as his death makes clear. I don’t say that to soften or absolve him. But I don’t believe in demons; people are frightening enough. Indeed, to accept Manson as a person, to see him through the filter of his humanity, is to acknowledge what we resist: that he was perhaps not so utterly different from the rest of us.
The rest of us didn’t lead murderous cults, though, did we?
For those who have faith in an afterlife, I suppose there’s some solace in imagining he will get his karmic comeuppance. But it makes more sense to me to see him as an agent of the hells we create on Earth.
Manson was a killer, yes, and he was a psychopath, but he was never otherworldly. The violence and the hatred he embodied may be his most human attribute.
— Martha (@Martha_pnw) November 20, 2017
What the actual fuck?
— Debosaurus Rex (@debosaurusrex81) November 20, 2017
Whisky. Tango. Fuck? https://t.co/0vUO5uvFdO
— Sam Valley (@SamValley) November 20, 2017
While Manson may have been human in the most technical sense, he didn’t possess a shred of humanity. Humanizing him is … not a good look. Not only was this take wholly unnecessary, but it was just plain stupid.
We all make mistakes! Drinking booze before we’re 21, ordering our cult to kill 7 people..
— Boner Goku (@BonerG0ku420) November 20, 2017
His acolytes tortured and murdered a pregnant woman who begged for the life of her child. Fuck his human side. https://t.co/NtmJmkAXKe
— Jason (@CounterMoonbat) November 20, 2017
Guy had a swastika engraved into his forehead. I don't much care about whatever other side he had.
— Rory Kirkwood (@rorymkirkwood) November 20, 2017
Human side??? Are you fucking crazy?
— ColTim (@VoteIndpndt) November 20, 2017
Are you REALLY doing this? Gross.
— Jobacca (@JobaccaWookiee) November 20, 2017
Humanizing monsters is what modern journalism does now. Which is why it’s dying.
— JCorrado (@ForzaCorrado) November 20, 2017
I read the article- def get your point, he should be seen as human garbage, not some kind of Satanic Evil being, and the weird Iconic status that seems to bring. BUT, that is a horribly misleading headline, and you guys are either idiots, or you're shameless clickbaiters.
— Paula Perez (@ivybelle1) November 20, 2017
This is quite possibly the worst thing I’ve ever read. Don’t just publish something because it’ll get you clicks.
— Claire Goldberg (@ClaireGoldberg) November 20, 2017
Human side, my ass. I don't believe he had one, but if he did, it deserves to be in hell right alongside the rest of him.
— moodyredhead (@moodyredhead) November 20, 2017
— Reality (@ohnonotreality) November 20, 2017
To call you literal shit would be an insult to literal shit
— Cameron Gray (@Cameron_Gray) November 20, 2017
Staaahp! Slow news day? pic.twitter.com/qEv20wGg2v
— Kendrick Washington (@KayDubsDeuce) November 20, 2017
Umm, no. Stop.
— GOParePedoApologists (@DeepStateAgent2) November 20, 2017
— Nick Pappas (@NickAPappas) November 20, 2017
— Ricardo Gavino (@rgavino) November 20, 2017
— Max Peters (@TikiMaximus) November 20, 2017