HOLLYOAKS bosses are facing a furious backlash from viewers after using a song by Marilyn Manson at the start of an episode about character Maxine Minniver being kidnapped and trafficked – despite a string of serious allegations against hm.
On Thursday night fans tuned into the E4 first look show to follow a horrific storyline that sees lovable Maxine, played by Nikki Sanderson, fall victim to Fergus Collins’ evil plans and held captive by his gang of crooks.
In the opening scene Marilyn Manson‘s 1999 hit The Beautiful People is played – raising more than a few eyebrows from fans.
In July this year a fourth sexual assault case was brought against the star with model Ashley Morgan Smithline alleging she was subjected to rape, sexual assault and unlawful imprisonment by Manson.
Manson strongly denies the claims against him.
Taking to Twitter, one fan wrote: “Not Hollyoaks having Marilyn Manson Beautiful People playing during a the peak of a f****** human trafficking storyline…. Tone deaf.”
A second hit out: “@LimePictures @E4Tweets @Hollyoaks who gave the OK, to use song #BeautifulPeople by #MarilynManson when Maxine was about to sex trafficked?
“Really?! Women continue to have an unbearable time speaking about abuse and you casually integrate this song into the story line?
Another added: “Of all of the songs that the Hollyoaks music supervisor could have chosen for a story about sex trafficking, they chose a Marilyn Manson song?”
A third raged alleging: “WTF? Hollyoaks thinks it’s OK to use Marilyn Manson’s music – a known abuser – on a show that features anti abuse storylines.”
Alongside a cringing GIF, a fourth penned: “Hollyoaks using a Marylin Manson tune during its story about sexual abuse towards women.”
Meanwhile, fans also took to Facebook groups about the show to express their upset and concern.
Concerned, viewer Ben Henderson wrote: “Surprised and disappointed that the producers put in a track by Marilyn Mansion on today’s episode after the news about him this year.”
Replying, a fan wrote: ” Yeah, I was saying the same to someone.”
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