This past weekend Taylor Swift, while performing for the iHeartRadio Wango Tango, was photographed with an unlikely new friend. Are you ready for it?
Swift was seen posing with none other than Marilyn Manson, of Antichrist Superstar and Mechanical Animals fame.
Swift smiled brightly for the camera in a neon rainbow fringe coat, while Manson opted for his traditional stoic face.
“This might be the craziest photo I’ve ever captured,” photographer Ryan Lamont captioned his photograph of the two. And he wasn’t the only one to snap photos of the two stars together either.
The two stood close together and spoke briefly, though there are no reports of conversation topics or potential collaboration between them. It’s unclear what, exactly, Manson was doing hanging out at a pop festival though. Maybe he’s just a big fan?
Swift wasn’t the only one Manson posed with that night, either. Joe Jonas posted a picture of himself flanked by Ryan Seacrest and Marilyn Manson with the caption, “Hi we are the Jonas Brothers! And you’re watching Disney Channel!” Clearly a nod to his Disney roots.
Manson is reportedly working on his 11th studio album which is still untitled, and plans to tour this summer with Rob Zombie on the Twins of Evil: Hell Never Dies tour.
As amusing as it may be to see Marilyn Manson at Wango Tango, the event also provided a platform for Swift.
During her performance, she stopped to make a heartfelt, moving speech in support of the LGBTQ community. Clearly, the fact that June 1 was the first day of Pride Month wasn’t lost on her.
In addition to her comments on equal rights, she also mentioned a change.org petition she’d started earlier that day on Instagram.
“It’s for the Equality Act,” she explained, stating that the idea is to “send a message to our government that we believe everybody should be treated fairly in this country.”
Swift also penned a letter to her state senator Lamar Alexander, urging him to vote in favor of the act.
In her message to the senator, she mentioned that the Tennessee’s Legislature fails to provide protection from discrimination for LGBTQ people. This, she says, hurts the states ability to bring in new jobs.
The singer also urged her fans to follow in her footsteps as well. She suggested fans also write their senators and post the open letters on Instagram with the hashtag #lettertomysenator.