Gene Simmons Infuriates People With Callous Views On Depression

Gene Simmons – bass player and vocalist for the rock group Kiss – infuriated a lot of people after an interview revealing his thoughts about depression and suicide emerged.

Gene Simmons has infuriated a lot of people after an interview revealing his thoughts about depression and suicide emerged.

In an interview with Songfacts.com, he said: 

“For a putz 20-year-old kid to say, ‘I’m depressed. I live in Seattle.’ Fuck 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 fuck up, have some dignity and jump! You’ve got the crowd.

“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 fuckin’ head off.’ He’ll go, ‘Please don’t.’ It’s true. He’s not that insane.”