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The rather controversial comments come from a July 31 interview with Song Facts and were inspired by mention of some of Simmons' former bandmates. When asked if he keeps in touch with those no longer in Kiss, Simmons begins to rant about a person who "sees themselves as a victim."
"Drug addicts and alcoholics are always: 'The world is a harsh place,'" Simmons explains. "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."
Simmons goes on to cite the example of someone threatening to jump from a ledge: "Are you kidding? Why are you announcing it? Shut the f*** up, have some dignity and jump! You've got the crowd," the rocker says.
Among those who have already expressed displeasure at Simmons' harsh words is Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx. Sixx first objected via Twitter:
I struggled with addiction and depression but found recovery.Would you be happy if I killed myself instead?Also my 4 kids wouldnt been born.-- Nikki Sixx (@NikkiSixx) August 13, 2014
I wonder if @genesimmons would still say how depressed people or addicts should kill themselves if it happend to his wife or kids?-- Nikki Sixx (@NikkiSixx) August 13, 2014
Later, Sixx explained more clearly on his "Sixx Sense" radio show: "I like Gene. But in this situation, I don't like Gene," he says (as quoted by Rolling Stone). "I don't like Gene's words. There is a 20-year-old kid out there who is a Kiss fan and reads this and goes, 'You know what? He's right. I should just kill myself.'"
Considering the prominence of suicide in recent news, many might take issue with Simmons' feelings on the matter.
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