Radio stations ban Kiss after Gene Simmons’ harsh remarks on suicide; rocker apologizes

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Iconic rocker Gene Simmons has been in the news a lot lately, but may have pushed his luck a little too far with some harsh advice to those contemplating suicide.

From calling out President Barack Obama for his lack of leadership, to telling immigrants in the United States to “learn to speak goddamn English,” the Kiss frontman has drawn favorable response, but his latest remarks prompted two Canadian radio stations to ban his music, according to The Blaze.

In a recent interview, Simmons was asked if he gets along with the original members of Kiss, and he replied that he doesn’t get along “with anybody who’s a drug addict and has a dark cloud over their head and sees themselves as a victim.”

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“For a putz 20-year-old kid to say, ‘I’m depressed. I live in Seattle.’ F*** you, then kill yourself,” he said. “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 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,’” the rocker continued. “It’s true. He’s not that insane.”

Timing is everything, and with the tragic news this week that beloved comedian Robin Williams committed suicide, Simmons’ comments struck a raw nerve. So much so that he would eventually offer an apology on his Facebook page:

“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. 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.”

Based on many of the more than 2,800 comments, Simmon’s fans are skeptical of his remorse.

“He apologized only due to the shit storm he got,” wrote Rick Reed. “Someone that makes a statement like that meant every word. Anyone who knows Gene in the past will tell you he speaks his mind.”

Jeanette Roberts replied that Simmons has a right to his opinion.

“You may not like it but it is his right,” she said. “He apologized and now you should be big enough to accept his apology.”

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