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Mr. Congeniality Gene Simmons: ‘If You’re Depressed, Just Kill Yourself.’

Kiss Gene SimmonsLast week, the entertainment world stood still as word of Robin Williams‘ death stunned everyone — fans and colleagues alike.

The only party that deviated even slightly from the narrative was Edelman, and they caught a whole lot of flack for it.

And yet you just knew that someone would have to play the bad guy. Just after quitting time on Friday, word broke out about KISS frontman/bass player/shameless self-promoter Gene Simmons and a interview conducted by SongFacts.com‘s Roger Catlin.

Why bring up Williams? During the interview, Simmons shared his thoughts on reality TV, touring with the band, his Arena football team… and clinical depression.

In advance, people have already wished Simmons would just choke on that thing.

His fame. His notoriety. His ego. Who cares? Here is his opinion on depression:

Songfacts: Do you still get along with the original guys?
Gene: 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 f*ck 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*ck you, then kill yourself.

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(PHOTO H/T: Loudwire.com)

But wait, there’s more…

Gene: 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.”

This caused social media to swerve and take out its collective angst on ‘the demon.’ One fellow rock and roll bassist in particular took issue on his podcast. Meet Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx, as he takes Simmons to the woodshed on ‘Sixx Sense’:

“Gene is basically saying he has no sympathy for drug addicts or people who are depressed. I’m a recovering drug addict. If I had done what Gene Simmons said and that is to jump, so many wonderful things would have not happened in my life. We’ve just lost Robin Williams. He dealt with drug addiction and mainly depression.

“When I was young, I was depressed, drugs helped me suppress that. I came from a messed up situation not unlike a lot of people. There’s almost 15 million Americans that are depressed. Gene Simmons says I should have just killed myself…15 million people should just kill themselves? Simmons is ‘pretty moronic.’

“To be honest with you, I like Gene, but in this situation, I don’t like Gene. I don’t like Gene’s words, because … 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’.”

Not that the egomaniac will give this response two seconds of his time, but it was necessary. And for good measure, Sixx hit up Simmons on Twitter:

If we could draw a tiny conclusion from this unfortunate incident, it’s that anything Gene Simmons might conceivably say or do is not something that we ourselves should say or do.

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