'F*** you then kill yourself' - Kiss bassist Gene Simmons under fire for shocking comments on suicide
Gene Simmons, bassist of the rock band Kiss, has infuriated fans and peers with comments he made to Songfacts about depression.
The 64-year-old star said his response to someone threatening suicide by jumping from a building would be to tell them to "Shut the f***k up, have some dignity and jump."
The comments came within the context of a conversation about the original members of the band. Simmons was asked if he still gets along with the original members.
"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," he said.
"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*** 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."
He continued, "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*** 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."
Simmons made the comments two weeks ago, prior to Robin Williams' death by suicide.
The comments have prompted outrage on Twitter with many Kiss fans expressing their disgust and stating they have erased the band's music from the music libraries.
Nikki Sixx, bassist with Mötley Crüe tackled the issue on his Sixx Sense radio show.
"It's pretty moronic because [Simmons] thinks everybody listens to him, that he is the God of Thunder," he said.
"He will tell you he is the greatest man on earth, and to be honest with you, I like Gene. But in this situation, I don't like Gene. I don’t like Gene's words."