Gene Simmons clarifies his cold comments about depression
Kiss rocker Gene Simmons is certainly proving that he has a big mouth to house his famously large tongue. Simmons took to Facebook on Friday to apologize for insensitive comments he made about addiction, depression and suicide late last month, which had ruffled more than a few feathers.
During an interview with Songfacts.com on July 31, Simmons made remarks regarding his original bandmates, saying that he no longer kept in touch with them because he doesn't "get along with anyone who's a drug addict and has a dark cloud over their head and sees themselves as a victim." Simmons went on to say "and for a putz 20-year-old kid to say, 'I'm depressed, I live in Seattle.' F*** you, then kill yourself."
Simmons' comments caused public outcry, prompting the musician to clarify his words and offer an apology. "To the extent my comments reported by the media speak of depression, I was wrong and in the spur of the moment made remarks that in hindsight were made without regard for those who truly suffer the struggles of depression," Simmons said in a Facebook status. "I sincerely apologize to those who were offended by my comments. I recognize that depression is very serious and very sad when it happens to anyone, especially loved ones. I deeply support and am empathetic to anyone suffering from any disease, especially depression."
While Simmons' social media post seems sincere, it comes more than two weeks after the comments were made and after both the death of a beloved entertainer who suffered from depression and the call for a Kiss boycott by Mötley Crüe bass guitarist Nikki Sixx. "I like Gene, but in this situation I don't like Gene," Sixx said in a recent episode of his radio show, via the Huffington Post. "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."
Sixx also responded to Simmons' comments on his Twitter page.
Simmons has been dealing with controversy for decades, but it's been an especially big month for him. Earlier this week, he made headlines for giving harsh advice to people immigrating to America, saying they should "learn to speak goddamn English."
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