Would you pay $195 for a Justin Bieber t-shirt? What about for a Justin Bieber t-shirt with Marilyn Manson on the front? If your answer is ‘yes’, you’re in luck. Also, we’d like you to buy some stuff for us, too. You obviously have a substantial amount of spending money put aside.
Pre-orders at Barneys.com are now available for the ‘Bigger Than Bieber’ Purpose Tour shirt, which features a picture of Marilyn Manson on the front with the words ‘Bigger Than Satan’ and ‘Bieber’ on the back.
The sleeveless, 100 per cent cotton, *non refundable* shirt will cost you almost $200 US (over $250 in Canada!), compared to the actual Marilyn Manson shirt, which is selling at Hot Topic for the highly under-priced cost of $17 (it’s even on sale right now!).
It’s still unclear as to whether or not Manson previously knew about the shirt. After Bieber was slammed with a lawsuit earlier this year for his hit track “Sorry”, it would seem prudent for his lawyers to run the shirt by Manson. At the same time, not [allegedly] stealing a song when you’re one of the biggest artists in the world also seems like a no-brainer, so there could be details we’re missing.
Manson appears to be positioning himself as the wronged party in this situation, tweeting part of an article that talks about Bieber trying to pass off Manson’s shirt as his own.
— Marilyn Manson (@marilynmanson) July 20, 2016
On the flip side, the shirt literally says ‘Marilyn Manson’ on the front, so it’s not as if Bieber put a Nike swish on his shirt and pretended that’s how he writes the letter ‘J’. There’s no hiding which Pale Emperor’s mug is on the sleeveless (Bieber works out, guys) tee.
Another check in the pro Manson/Bieber Partnership comes from a pic the shock rocker Instagrammed earlier this year. The picture shows Manson wearing a Justin Bieber shirt with the caption “Bigger Than Bieber,” wording close to Bieber’s new tour shirt. Could this have been taken at the same time Justin initially asked the metal singer for permission to use his product?
A photo posted by Marilyn Manson (@marilynmanson) on
Regardless of whether Manson granted permission for the t-shirt that equals our monthly car payment, we have more pressing questions.
How many fans actually listen to both Justin Bieber and Marilyn Manson?
Do that many people have $200 to spend on a shirt declaring their love for Bieber and Manson?
Isn’t selling tour merch for more than an actual ticket just bad business?
And finally, are these Purpose Tour sweatpants priced at $1,250 to make the $200 t-shirt look like a good deal?