KISS frontman Gene Simmons was forced to issue an apology after he basically advised people suffering from depression to commit suicide. As a result, two Canadian radio stations, so far, have banned KISS music.
BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 18: Musician Gene Simmons (R) and his wife Shannon Tweed (L) attend the 138th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 18, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. Credit: Getty Images
In a controversial interview with Songfacts.com, Simmons went through several hypothetical situations in which people were depressed and/or suicidal:
"For a putz 20-year-old kid to say, 'I'm depressed. I live in Seattle.' F*** you, then kill yourself. 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.' Are you kidding? Why are you announcing it? Shut the f*** up, have some dignity and jump! You've got the crowd," Simmons said. "By the way, you walk up to the same guy on a ledge who threatens to jump and put a gun to his head, 'I'm going to blow your f***in' head off.' He'll go, 'Please don't.' It's true. He's not that insane."
After getting blasted by critics for his remarks, Simmons issued an apology on Facebook that was almost the exact opposite of what he said in the interview.
"I was wrong and in the spur of the moment made remarks that in hindsight were made without regard for those who truly suffer the struggles of depression,” he wrote. “I sincerely apologize to those who were offended by my comments. I recognize that depression is very serious and very sad when it happens to anyone, especially loved ones. I deeply support and am empathetic to anyone suffering from any disease, especially depression."