Gene Simmons Offers Terrible Apology for Telling You To ‘Kill Yourself’ If You’re Depressed
After Gene Simmons of KISS offered some unwarranted advice to those who suffer from depression, he’s had a change of heart, if he actually has a heart. Dr. Simmons’ advice was to f*ck off. and “kill yourself.” Simmons went on to say that people on buildings threatening to jump should just “have some dignity and jump.”
To counter the backlash that ensued, Simmons has apologized. Sort of.
Simmons wrote on Facebook:
I want to make this statement about my views on depression for the record and to clarify my prior remarks.
To the extent my comments reported by the media speak of depression, 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. 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.
I have never sugarcoated my feelings regarding drug use and alcoholics. Somewhere along the line, my intention of speaking in very directly and perhaps politically incorrectly about drug use and alcoholics has been misconstrued as vile commentary on depression. Unkind statements about depression was certainly never my intention. Fully, you will know that and I do not intend to defend myself here and now, by listing the myriad charities and self-help organizations I am involved with. Rather, I simply want to be clear that my heart goes out to anyone suffering from depression and I deeply regret any offhand remarks in the heat of an interview that might have suggested otherwise.
I’m not sure what he means by those “truly” suffering from depression. It’s not as if psychiatrists are inundated with people faking it. As for drug addicts and alcoholics, obviously he’s never
worked in the field had a soul.
Sometimes drug/alcohol abuse intertwines with depression if the latter goes undiagnosed, some people self-medicate. That’s a fact.
Several radio stations, including Power97 and BobFM in Canada have announced that they will no longer play KISS music. A leading Australian station Triple M which owns five metropolitan stations across the country also announced a ban. New York’s longtime WPYX DJ Uncle Vito has followed their lead.
What’s depressing – since he brought it up – is having someone close to you die because of depression or drug/alcohol addiction because both are stigmatized by society, thus making it even more difficult to get treatment.
Jinkies Gene, I hope you don’t get ‘depressed” over the backlash.
Big thanks to my pal Tiffany from Liberal America for sending me the link.