Gene Simmons, real name Chaim Witz, is a known the world all over for his big mouth. The bassist of the band Kiss may even boast it as his trade mark. But this time his mouth was a little too big when he made comments about people dealing with depression, two weeks before Robin Williams, who suffered from depression, ended his life.
His totally insensitive remarks were triggered by a comment about drugs and depression. He never made a secret about his feelings about drug and alcohol abuse but this time he also had harsh words about depression.
‘My mother was in a concentration camp in Nazi Germany. I don’t want to hear f*** 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*** you, then kill yourself.’
‘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.”
Simmons then went on to imply that people with suicidal tendencies were attention seekers.
‘Are you kidding? Why are you announcing it? Shut the f*** 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***in’ head off!” He’ll go, “Please don’t!” It’s true. He’s not that insane.’
Two weeks after he made these comments Robin Williams took his own life. Simmons even wrote words of sympathy on his twitter account.
‘R.I.P. Robin Williams. A kind and generous man.’
The hypocrisy was not lost among his fans. And Simmons knew he was caught in the crossfire by his own loud mouth. Since then thousands of fans have declared their love for the bands Kiss is gone forever. Some radio stations have even taken the step to ban the music of Kiss. His twitter account has since been deleted.
Simmons has since made a profound and utter apology on his facebook page but the damage is done.
Read more at the Daily Mail.