Iconic Kiss frontman Gene Simmons got choked up explaining how, as an Israeli immigrant, he has felt beholden to a country that has given him numerous opportunities.
The rocker offered an unapologetic criticism of immigrants who can’t be bothered to learn English, as well as a handful of “politically incorrect” opinions that left liberal Huffington Post Live host, Ricky Camilleri, in disbelief.
“I’m actually saying the thing that needs to be said because the politically-correct climate is bullshit,” Simmons told Camilleri. “You don’t want to upset anybody by saying, ‘Learn to speak goddamn English.’ So, as an immigrant, I’m telling you: learn to speak goddamn English. It is the key that will unlock the keys to the kingdom.”
Warning: Strong language:
“When I came here as an 8½-year-old boy with my mother, I was welcomed by America and its people, and given all the advantages of native-born children,” Simmons told Huffington Post Live on Monday. “In America, I could think what I wanted to think, do as I pleased, and reach for the stars.”
Because of those advantages, he said, immigrants like him have “an inferred duty to learn how to speak English. Get rid of your accent.”
“How about this: if Siri can’t understand you, you’re in trouble,” Simmons said.
In an interview meant to promote his new book, “Me Inc.,” and spanning the band’s new tour and a new reality TV show — “4th and Loud,” about its Arena League football team – Simmons shared other advice for those hoping to come to America.
“Be a legal immigrant,” he said. “Come to the country, buckle your knees a little bit, make the effort to learn the culture, and assimilate.”
Simmons unabashedly took the interview down another “taboo” road that made his liberal host squirm. He appealed to the people in America that still run around saying “wassup” to knock it off!
Camilleri wasn’t going down that “racist” rabbit hole.
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