By Marissa G. Muller
Gene Simmons: the controversial headline that keeps on giving.
Within the past few weeks, Simmons has asked the world to be a little nicer to rich people, taken Donald Sterling’s side and said depressed people can go kill themselves.
Now Simmons is coming down on immigrants and the lo-fi Southern garage rock band Black Lips.
In an interview with HuffPost Live, Simmons railed against U.S. immigrants, who he believes need to “learn goddamn English” if they want to be successful in the States.
“I’m actually saying the thing that needs to be said because the politically-correct climate is bulls**t,” Simmons said. “You don’t want to upset anybody by saying, ‘Learn to speak goddamn English.’ So, as an immigrant, I’m telling you: learn to speak goddamn English. It is the key that will unlock the keys to the kingdom.”
In Simmons’ mind, the barometer for speaking English well enough can be measured by someone’s ability to get through to Siri, iPhone’s robotic concierge: “How about this: if Siri can’t understand you, you’re in trouble.”
Also within the same interview, Simmons was thrown a curve ball when the Black Lips randomly appeared with a challenging question — and in face paint mocking KISS, no less.
While most of the people who called in were part of the KISS army, as host Ricky Camilleri noted, the Black Lips were an exception. The band boldly shouted at Simmons, “We’re here to tell you that the day of sexist, misogynistic rock ‘n’ roll is over. We call for the complete and utter surrender of the Kiss army… do you accept our terms of surrender?”
As if this has happened before, Simmons was completely unfazed, calmly responding with,”I surrender entirely and I want to compliment your mom on the decoration in her basement that she lets you live in… I hope you get to leave your mom’s basement soon. Remember, learn to speak English.”
Once Camilleri pointed out that Simmons’ adversaries were the Black Lips, Simmons called out their name as being racist: “They’re not black — what are they, racist? Why they calling themselves black?”