KISS bassist Gene Simmons is no stranger to making bold, open-mouth insert-foot, statements, but recently he came under fire for some particularly strong remarks he made about drug and alcohol addiction and depression in an interview he did with Songfacts .
He took to Facebook to try and clear up any misinterpretations that might have been taken from the interview, stating “I have never sugarcoated my feelings regarding drug use and alcoholics. Somewhere along the line, my intentions in speaking very directly and perhaps politically-incorrectly about drug use and alcoholics have been misconstrued as vile commentary on depression.”
He’s certainly a bold, loudmouth, who’s not afraid to speak his mind or be politically incorrect, and even though he may not have meant any harm towards those who summer from depression, his word choices were abhorrent. It is one thing to stand up against drug use and argue the negatives of addiction, but it is a completely different ball game to say to some one “Fuck you, then kill yourself.”
Simmons was publicly called out by fellow bassist, Nikki Sixx on his Sixx Sense radio show, who took a stand for those who have fought drug addiction and depression in the past and lived to tell about it.
His full statement can be viewed below, and Sixx’s radio segment can be listened to here.