Above: Richard Simmons, the much better Simmons, is the one you should listen to. Thanks to commenter Jim Smith for the reminder.
In a recent interview with songfacts.com, famous tongue-waggling dumbass Gene Simmons was asked if he gets along with his former bandmates in KISS. He responds by telling depressed people they should kill themselves, especially depressed people who live in Seattle:
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. 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 fuck 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." Fuck 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."
Are you kidding? Why are you announcing it? Shut the fuck 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 fuckin' head off!" He'll go, "Please don't!" It's true. He's not that insane.
Gee, thanks for the great mental health advice Gene Simmons. Now you should kindly shut up and go away forever.
In all seriousness, if you are ever truly considering suicide and need someone to talk to, please know that you are not alone, don't be afraid to ask for help, or call the suicide prevention lifeline: 1-800-273-8255.
UPDATE: Gene Simmons posted this apology for his statements today on his Facebook page.
However, that didn't stop Winnipeg radio station Power 97 from permanently banning Kiss from their airwaves: