Gene Simmons is known for saying whatever is on his mind, but this week he has gone too far. As we previously reported, the KISS guitarist had a few unpopular opinions to share.
Highlighting his mother’s hardships, Simmons says that he’s the guy that says “jump” to a depressed person’s “bluff.”
The rocker turned reality star told Song Facts about his thoughts on suicidal people.
“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**k you, then kill yourself.”
As you can see, it’s obvious that Gene Simmons is not working with a full set of tools. That said, it’s unfortunate that Simmons still had more to say on a very complex subject that he has absolutely no knowledge on.
“I never understand, because I always call them 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 f**k up, have some dignity and jump! You’ve got the crowd.”
Of course, his response isn’t in reaction to Robin Williams’ death, but the timing of his insensitive comments couldn’t be worse. Naturally, not all rockers are behind this line of thinking. Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx spoke about Gene Simmons and his comments while on his radio show. That said, before talking about the controversial comments, he warned people via Twitter.
Gonna be discussing @genesimmons comments saying depressed people should just kill themselves on @sixxsense tonight.
— Nikki Sixx (@NikkiSixx) August 13, 2014
Once on his radio show, Nikki said:
“I like Gene. But in this situation, I don’t like Gene. I don’t like Gene’s words. 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.'”
Fortunately Sixx acted as a pretty good voice of reason for those that might have took Gene’s words to heart.
“For people who are depressed, there is a way out. There are many, many ways out… Don’t listen to people who don’t know what they’re talking about.”
Just to make sure he reached people Sixx took to his Twitter again to express his disgust over Simmons’ comments.
I wonder if @genesimmons would still say how depressed people or addicts should kill themselves if it happend to his wife or kids? — Nikki Sixx (@NikkiSixx) August 13, 2014
— Nikki Sixx (@NikkiSixx) August 14, 2014
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