While Manson uses visual representations of Mickey Mouse on The Golden Age of Grotesque, he has long been considered a Peter Pan figure. According to Manson, his 2002 art exhibition was "me as a modern-day Peter Pan, not wanting to grow up." Many of the paintings focused on redefining or recapturing that childhood innocence. But as seen in his paintings of Mickey Mouse, especially Faunadestia, Manson frequently plays with what American society deems pure. Upon first glance, this would be a contradiction. But while Disney today appeals directly to children, during their own Golden Age, Disney appealed to adults with just as much fervor. On the same level, Manson's childish rhymes beget adult themes. Manson's use of Disney creates the illusion of childhood innocence, without actually being innocent.
During the depression, for instance, the audience of cartoons was made up of as many adults as there were children. While still appealing to children, they also touched on adult themes, such as sexuality, homosexuality, and politics. Many of those cartoons clearly took up pro-labor and pro-working class stances, especially during beginnings of World War II. One of my favorites, Der Fuehrer's Face, presented a spoof of Hitler by making Donald Duck an assembly line worker in Naziland. In fact, many cartoons made by Disney were actually spread across Latin America as anti-Nazi propaganda. Manson may have chosen to use the Disney character on The Golden Age of Grotesque in order to counter the current attack that he was a supporter Nazi Germany.