Shock-rocker star Marilyn Manson has a word for parents: Don't blame me for what your kids do.

"Anyone who blames music for their kids' problems or for kids hurting themselves or others is kidding themselves," Manson told the Los Angeles Times on Sunday. The answer, he said, "is to raise your kids to be more intelligent."Manson, 29, has been criticized - and in some cases banned - for his explicit lyrics and walking corpse persona.

"Every house that has a Marilyn Manson record probably also has a Bible and William Shakespeare's `Romeo and Juliet,"' he said.