The Jarring Way Kiss Frontman Gene Simmons Spoke Out Against the Redskins Name

Kiss frontman Gene Simmons said the continuing debate over changing the name of the Washington Redskins football team should come down to whether American Indians are offended by it. After all, Simmons said, he wouldn’t like a team name that was an anti-Jewish slur.

“It really has to do with whether or not the American Indian population has a problem with it, because it’s up to them. I would not like a sports team called the kikes,” Simmons said Thursday on Fox News’ “Outnumbered.” “If you take the historic point of view — and I’m not the one to validate it or not — if Redskins was an insult to American Indians, then absolutely, the team should change its name.”

Simmons, who was born in Israel and is the son of a Nazi concentration camp survivor, said people can argue freedom of speech, but “I’m allowed to say fire, I’m just not allowed to stand up in a movie theater and yell ‘fire,’ because that’s incitement.”

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