As even the most die-hard KISS fan is forced to admit, Gene Simmons is an ass–but he may have gone a bit too far in the wake of Robin Williams’ suicide. Recently, Simmons has been working overtime to destroy his band’s image by remarking that America’s dirty poor should try being nicer to rich people like him, telling immigrants to “learn goddamn English,” and using childbeating analogies to show President Obummer is bad at his job.
Simmons showed that he has no compassion for those who suffer from depression, either. He may have tweeted in support of departed Robin Williams, “R.I.P. Robin Williams. A kind and generous man,” but anyone else battling depression gets no sympathy.
In an interview with Songfacts.com, Simmons said,
No, I don’t get along with anybody who’s a drug addict and has a dark cloud over their head and sees themselves as a victim. Drug addicts and alcoholics are always: ‘The world is a harsh place.’ My mother was in a concentration camp in Nazi Germany. I don’t want to hear f**k all about ‘the world as a harsh place.’ She gets up every day, smells the roses and loves life. And for a putz, 20-year-old kid to say, ‘I’m depressed, I live in Seattle.” F*ck you, then kill yourself.
Simmons added that he “always calls” depressed people “on their bluff.”
I’m the guy who says ‘Jump!’ when there’s a guy on top of a building who says, “That’s it, I can’t take it anymore, I’m going to jump.” Are you kidding? Why are you announcing it? Shut the fuck up, have some dignity and jump! You’ve got the crowd.
“By the way, you walk up to the same guy on a ledge who threatens to jump and put a gun to his head, “I’m going to blow your f*ckin’ head off!” He’ll go, “Please don’t!” It’s true. He’s not that insane.”
The interview occurred before Williams’ death, but Simmons’ hypocrisy is showing.
Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx called Simmons’ remarks “pretty moronic” on his radio show. “There is a 20-year-old kid out there who is a Kiss fan and reads this and goes, ‘You know what? He’s right. I should just kill myself,’” said Sixx. “For people who are depressed, there is a way out. There are many, many ways out. And I don’t want people to listen to an interview from a rock star, who’s telling you the only way out is out.”
Australia’s Triple M radio station has boycotted all KISS songs from its playlists in the wake of Simmons’ most recent remarks.
“Gene Simmons’ recent comments are misguided and insensitive,” Mike Fitzpatrick, Triple-M’s Network head, said. “Depression and Suicide are not topics he should be using to further his notoriety or sell records. His desperation to use mental health issues to find relevancy in a modern age is sickening. I can only put it down to a brain fade on his part. The Triple M Network can’t and won’t be playing or supporting this dickhead’s music. I put the challenge out to other stations across Australia and North America to also drop any of this nudnik’s songs until such time as he reconsiders his thoughtless and insensitive position.”