Gene Simmons: Neo-Nazis don’t realize ‘their God is a Jew and a Rabbi as well’

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I’m not sure what possessed me to sit down and read this entire Gene Simmons interview, but once I did, I was glad that I did. Gene Simmons is the 68-year-old frontman of KISS. He’s also a reality star – Gene Simmons’ Family Jewels was on air for seven years, and I know that because I used to watch it and enjoy it. Maybe that’s why I read this Rolling Stone interview? The truth is, Gene’s family was always more interesting to me than Gene himself. That being said, this is an interesting interview. Simmons talks about how his mother was a Holocaust survivor and what he thinks of the rise of neo-Nazism. He talks about Kanye West and why he loves America, and a whole lot more – you can read the full piece here. Some highlights:

His advice on marriage: “The problem that girls have is that just as they see a six foot two guy with a deep voice and think, “Now, that’s a mature man.” No he’s not, he’s a fourteen year old horny boy. He’s not going to mature until his hair grays, and he won’t ever fully mature. You’re going to have to keep him on a short leash because young guys never want to get married, they don’t want kids… So my advice to women is to dump your boyfriends. Go for much more mature guys, maybe that made their fortune and who have gotten their wandering out of their system, most of it, anyway. It’ll never leave, by the way. Men are better later on than younger.

Why he prefers living & working in America: “There’s a certain freedom of thought here. When you think about it, when you want to fly through the air, sorry bitch, that was invented in America. If you don’t like night time and the fact that it’s dark, well, America invented light. It turns night into day. America did that. The internet, fast food, 24 hour light, rock & roll, jeans, I mean, the culture of the world is America. I know the culture in Africa is loin cloths, but I don’t carry around a bow and arrow and wear a loin cloth, and neither do you. I know Russians like borscht and stuff like that, but I f–kin’ hate borscht.

Being Jewish & watching the neo-Nazi rallies in America: “It’s the height of stupidity. Listen, hatred shouldn’t be allowed anywhere, but in this country, you have the right to get up and even spout hatred. You know, in Skokie, Illinois, the Nazis want to hold a march, they were not allowed. The person who defended them was the son of a concentration camp survivor with the ACLU. The Nazis got a Jewish lawyer who defended them. Only in America.

On Trump’s comments that some of the Nazis were very fine people: “I think there could be somebody who’s a neo-Nazi who is backwards, slow, uneducated. Group pressure is very high when you live in a racist town. How do you do espouse liberal thought – love one another, don’t judge lest you be judged, how do you do that? And all these guys that march with crosses but hate Jews don’t even understand that their God is a f–kin’ Jew and a Rabbi as well…Part and parcel of this is ignorance, stupidity, but hatred shouldn’t be tolerated. If I was in government I would ban…and if I could get it through, I would ban the Nazi party in all its forms, and put people in jail. Better yet, put them up in Alaska where they could be with each other and hate each other away from society.

On Trump’s presidency: “Whether somebody likes it or not, he’s the duly-elected president and I think you have to respect the presidency. The only thing I can say is that, next election cycle, if people like him he’ll be voted back in, and if people don’t want him, he’s not going to be voted back in. It’s so simple. Unless he breaks the law and gets impeached, this is what it is.

Whether he likes Kanye West: “I like the idea of Kanye. I couldn’t name you a song. Kanye’s overshadowed by the Kardashians. What they’ve been able to do is to break the mold, become famous by doing nothing. That’s, by the way, a compliment not a criticism. Warhol was wrong. Andy Warhol, who I knew when he was alive, was wrong. Everybody gets fifteen minutes of fame? No, no, no, everybody’s famous much longer than that.

[From Rolling Stone]

There are some rough moments where he talks about “the blacks” buying rap music and the whole “the culture in Africa is loin cloths” thing is gross. And yet… not all of what he says is complete trash. It’s interesting that here he is, a Jewish-American rock star, talking about how neo-Nazis have the right to protest and sort-of halfway defending Trump’s comments. This interview was a very strange ride.

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23 Responses to “Gene Simmons: Neo-Nazis don’t realize ‘their God is a Jew and a Rabbi as well’”

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  1. lala says:

    What he says about marriage is bullshit. The whole “men are all immature horn dogs who need bone all the women before settling down to a life of boring domesticity” is a shitty excuse for terrible behavior. Let’s please stop making excuses for the way men behave.

    • Erinn says:

      I find that when people make that kind of generalization they’re basically just trying to validate their own experience/behavior. No, not all men are immature creeps who are trying to cheat at any given moment. My husband was more interested in marriage and having a baby (eventually) than I have been. He’s got his immature moments – but who doesn’t. Some guys are just more content with ‘domestic living’ than some women.

      But he was immature, he wants to chase women. So it’s easier for him to say that ALL men are like that so he doesn’t have to take responsibility for poor behavior.

    • Raina says:

      He’s a conflicted personality. He reminds me of someone who, if he wasn’t Jewish, would be anti-semitic.

  2. Ronnie James Dio once said that Gene Simmons thinks “he invented everything, like breathing… and shoes.”

    Don’t know why I just though about this.

    • Beth says:

      Gene tried to take credit for and copyright the “devil horns” that rock stars and fans use, but it was actually Ronnie James Dio. There was never love between the two of them

  3. KLO says:

    This reads like a dinner table conversation with a boisterous older relative

  4. Beth says:

    I would never read or listen to anything Gene Simmons says about a relationship. For decades, he’s been known as the most egotistical pig out there, now he’s married to woman he has kids with, but has cheated on many times.

  5. the_blonde_one says:

    The most important things to know about Gene: money is his God and he is a grade A misogynist. I hope that helps put his comments in a less ambiguous place for anyone.

  6. teacakes says:

    The nicest thing I can think of to say is that his comments about women/marriage and other cultures, really show his age.

  7. seesittellsit says:

    This just in: Neo-Nazis don’t know jack about history and are morons, and oh, by the way, men are just hardwired for bad behavior and that’s why I’ve been such a douchebag all my life – it’s not me, it’s my DNA.


  8. Jessica says:

    This comment should have been published in your review; this is hideously racist and backwards.

    ” I know the culture in Africa is loin cloths, but I don’t carry around a bow and arrow and wear a loin cloth, and neither do you.”

    • Skylark says:

      That’s the brilliant ‘freedom of thought’ he loves about America.

      The irony of him calling other people ignorant and stupid.

  9. Skylark says:

    He sounds like what he is, a self-satisfied moron.

  10. TheOtherOne says:

    Yup, he’s still racist.

  11. justcrimmles says:

    Ah yes, because Africa is just one huge country, where there’s but one culture, and how astute grandpa is to point that out 🙄

  12. minx says:

    Oh, brother.

  13. Radley says:

    I’m tired of white guys bloviating. The more they talk, the more obvious it is that many of them live in a bubble of privilege and skewed perspectives. Take a breather. Shut up, listen and learn for a change.

    I’m not about to give this dude kudos for only being offensive some of the time as opposed to all of the time. Why should the bar be that d@mn low?? African culture is loincloths, bows and arrows?? Russian culture is borscht?? Russian culture hijacked your precious democracy, dumba$$. Send Nazis to Alaska (what the h#ll did Alaska do to deserve that?)?? Trump is duly elected? Is he not aware of the multiple investigations underway about that? Shut. Up. I could punch a wall.

  14. Sushismama says:

    Ummm Alaska says no thanks.

  15. Odesa says:

    also, borscht is delicious. im eating it right now

  16. Jennifer says:

    No, Gene. All men don’t wander.

  17. Kricket says:

    Read the whole interview. A) He tells his kids off and threatens to leave them out of the will when they do the wrong things? Wow, do they ever just feel like going, “Go ahead and keep the money, hypocrite? And B),
    Women cock block you (Men)? My husband is younger than me and actively pursued me, he’s never cheated and shows me every day what it’s like to be loved and respected.
    I think it’s more fair to say some men are just idiots, make sure you don’t pick the dick in life ladies.