Kanye West Criticized for Including Marilyn Manson, DaBaby at 'Donda' Event

Marilyn Manson and DaBaby were brought on stage by Kanye West at the rapper's Chicago listening party on Thursday night in a move that has been widely criticized on social media.

In what appeared to be a sort of commentary on so-called "cancel culture," the rapper included the two performers, who have both been in the news for negative reasons in recent months.

Taking place at Chicago's Soldier Field, almost 40,000 people attended for the latest "Donda Listening Experience" ahead of the highly anticipated album release.

The spectacle even saw West light himself on fire at one point.

During one part of the show, West performed in what is thought to be a replica of his childhood home. He was joined on the porch by Manson and DaBaby.

DaBaby raps a guest verse on a song, rumored to be called "Jail." The version performed on Thursday seems to be different from the one played at two previous events featuring Jay-Z.

It's not clear if Manson has contributed to the project, but West's decision to include the musician is controversial.

Marilyn Manson and Kanye West
Marilyn Manson and Kanye West Getty Images

Manson has been accused of abuse by multiple women, including actresses Evan Rachel Wood and Esme Bianco. He has denied the allegations.

The "Fight Song" performer was dropped by his record label in February after the Westworld actress Wood claimed that the singer had "horrifically abused" her during their relationship.

Meanwhile, DaBaby has been widely condemned for his homophobic comments that have seen him dropped from multiple festival lineups.

Their inclusion has prompted some outrage from fans.

"Uhhhh wtf is Marilyn Manson doing at the Donda event??" asked YouTuber Frank Passalacqua.

Uhhhh wtf is Marilyn Manson doing at the Donda event?? pic.twitter.com/YWEc4IWgu5

— Frank Passalacqua (@randomfrankp) August 27, 2021

The AV Club's Tatiana Tenreyro tweeted: "it's one thing to be mentally ill but there's so much kanye continues to do that is absolutely not okay that has nothing to do with his mental health issues. bringing marilyn manson onstage while knowing he's... abused so many women is absolutely disgusting."

Twitter user ThisIsMax added: "Dababy has replaced Jay z on the album while #MarilynManson is this Kanye trying to show redemption and the world not giving people second chances or a fair shot ., these 2 are not the ones you gotta put right ya mistakes and accept them first ..."

Similarly, journalist Emma Kelly added: "Bringing out DaBaby to replace Jay-Z on a verse after making homophobic comments and just letting alleged abuser Marilyn Manson vibe on stage is extreeeeemely trash."

Dababy has replaced Jay z on the album while #MarilynManson 🤷🏽‍♀️ is this Kanye trying to show redemption and the world not giving people second chances or a fair shot ., these 2 are not the ones 🤷🏽‍♀️ you gotta put right ya mistakes and accept them first … pic.twitter.com/JGL3SZxCc5

— MAX (@ThisIsMax) August 27, 2021

Newsweek has contacted representatives of West, Manson and Da Baby for comment.