Outspoken KISS frontman Gene Simmons appears to be the latest casualty when it comes to succumbing to the fears and uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic, lashing out at those who remain unvaccinated by calling them “an enemy.”
The iconic rocker who once called Donald Trump “the truest political animal I’ve ever seen onstage,” and told celebrities to “shut their pie holes” after Trump was elected president in the 2016 election, appeared Wednesday on the “TalkShopLive” podcast and said, “If you’re willing to walk among us unvaccinated, you are an enemy.”
Sounding more like President Joe Biden today, Simmons said the unvaccinated have “this delusional, evil idea that you get to do whatever you want,” and went so far as to argue that they should be publicly identified — perhaps walk around with a scarlet letter U on their lapel?
Simmons was talking about a recent tour in Europe when he commented on venues requiring Covid vaccinations, and then said, “I don’t care about your political beliefs. You are not allowed to infect anybody just because you think you’ve got rights that are delusional, of course.”
He then compared injecting pharmaceuticals into your body to obeying traffic signals and no smoking requirements.
“You don’t have the right to go through a red light,” he said. “Actually, the government has the right to tell you to stop. You have to put on a seatbelt. If they tell you you can’t smoke in a building, you can’t smoke in a building. And that’s not because they want to take away your rights, that’s because the rest of us hate it. We don’t want to smell your smoke.”
“I don’t want to catch your disease,” Simmons continued. “I don’t want to risk my life just because you want to go through a red light. This whole idea – this delusional, evil idea – that you get to do whatever you want and the rest of the world be damned is really terrible. We’ve got to identify those people and bring them out into the open so you know who they are. Know who your friends are by how much they care for you. And that includes Covid. If you’re willing to walk among us unvaccinated, you are an enemy.”
That elicited an “amen” from host Steve Harkins — at least, up until Simmons declared the unvaxxed enemies.
After citing 5 million COVID-19 deaths worldwide, Simmons added, “I know there are flat earth society people who believe that — people who believe in all sorts of things, they died because they were fatter because they smoked. No b*tch, they died because they got Covid. And there are still a lot of people who don’t believe that and you have to find out who those people are.”
Harkins suggested that the issue should not be political, prompting his guest to reply that “it has become political, unfortunately.”
“The far left and the far right are both evil. They both spread all kinds of nonsense. I don’t like either one of them. Politics are the enemy,” he declared.
“Humanism and humanity is what we should all be concerned about — love thy neighbor as thyself. For God’s sakes, if I’m going to yawn in your presence, I’m going to put my hand up in front of my mouth,” Simmons said. “Yawning is not a life-threatening event. You having Covid might be a life-threatening event, and I don’t want to catch it.”
Of course, it is now clear that being vaccinated is no guarantee that a person will not test positive for COVID-19 and still be able to spread the virus. There is still the unaddressed issue of natural immunity as well, which took a hit this week:
In response to attorney’s FOIA request, US CDC admits that it has no record of an unvaccinated person spreading COVID after recovering from COVID.
Lawyers smelling blood in the water. pic.twitter.com/ajdOuiIyjj
— Michael P Senger (@MichaelPSenger) November 12, 2021
When Harkins joked about not being able to convince Simmons to run for office, he quipped, “They don’t pay enough.”
There are still a few rockers who retain the rebellious nature that once defined the genre, people like Eric Clapton who made it clear this year that he will not perform at venues that require proof of COVID-19 vaccinations and that he reserves the “right to cancel the show.” The legendry guitarist and songwriter also released an anti-lockdown song, “This Has Gotta Stop.”
The lyrics of the song touch on the “severe reactions” he had to the AstraZeneca jab, as Clapton feared he may never play guitar again
“My hands and feet were either frozen, numb or burning, and pretty much useless for two weeks. I feared I would never play again (I suffer with peripheral neuropathy and should never have gone near the needle.) But the propaganda said the vaccine was safe for everyone…”
“I took the first jab of AZ [AstraZeneca] and straight away had severe reactions which lasted ten days,” Clapton wrote on Twitter. “I recovered eventually and was told it would be 12 weeks before the second one…”
Here’s but a handful of responses to the story from Twitter:
Gene Simmons says that he slept with 5,000 women in his career.
Now, he's worried about catching COVID from unvaccinated people.
— Amy Tarkanian (@MrsT106) November 12, 2021
I used to be a fan of Gene Simmons and I was always under the impression he was a strong conservative.
I was just made aware of his statement today and I am both shocked and appalled.
I will never support him again, he lost a fan today.
Gene Simmons is NOT a patriot.
— Brigitte Gabriel (@ACTBrigitte) November 12, 2021
Gene Simmons — the dude who had to cancel a concert because his fully jib-jabbed bandmate came down with the Noooo-vid — calls unvaccinated Americans "the enemy," follows it up with "love thy neighbor."
— Douglas Ernst (@douglasernst) November 11, 2021
Gene Simmons should take his own advice and shut his pie hole. pic.twitter.com/blZlWvzpjy
— Nick Adams (@NickAdamsinUSA) November 12, 2021
Add Gene Simmons to the list, along with big bird, to never take medical advice from. Can’t wait to hear from Charlie Sheen.
— Katie (@KatieFromTexas) November 12, 2021
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