Washington, June 26: Shock rocker Marilyn Manson has lashed out at his record label bosses who tried to censor his new album `The High End Of Low` because it features a song called `Pretty As A Swastika`.
The 40-year-old singer, real name Brian Hugh Warner, says it is "shocking" that guns are more readily available than his album.
Manson said that he can`t understand the controversy surrounding his new album and why his record company pushed for censorship.
"It`s shocking to me that it`s easier to buy a gun at Wal-Mart than it is to buy my record. And it`s entertainment, it`s music, but that doesn`t mean it has no value,” Contactmusic quoted him as telling Spin magazine.
"But it`s just ironic that they can sell a CD in a store, and they won`t put the title `Pretty As a Swastika` on the cover, but at the same store they`ll have `Valkyrie`, for example, which has a Swastika on the cover. Now, I`m not even using the symbol, I`m using the word, so the record company sort of created a new curse word, by default, for me," he added.