Gene Simmons Apologizes for Harsh Comments About Depression

Kiss frontman Gene Simmons is under fire for some harsh comments he made about suicide and depression two weeks before Robin Williams took his own life due to depression. Simmons is now apologizing for those comments, in light of the suicide of the beloved actor and comedian. On his Facebook page, Simmons called his comments "wrong and in the spur of the moment  ... [and] made without regard for those who truly suffer the struggles of depression."

The Kiss singer originally told Songfacts:

Drug addicts and alcoholics are always: 'The world is a harsh place.' My mother was in a concentration camp in Nazi Germany. I don't want to hear ... all about 'the world as a harsh place.' She gets up every day, smells the roses and loves life. And for a putz, 20-year-old kid to say, 'I'm depressed, I live in Seattle.' ... then kill yourself.

... 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 up, have some dignity and jump! You've got the crowd.

Clearly, Simmons has never had to struggle with the demon of depression, and for that he should be grateful. It also appears that no one he truly loves has ever had to deal with it either, or perhaps he would have some more compassion. He is, of course, entitled to his opinion. Unfortunately, it is opinions like his that make it more difficult for people who live under a dark cloud to come forward, admit it, and seek help.

Simmons, under fire after the suicide of Williams, posted a lengthy apology to his Facebook page, in which he seems to have had a change of heart, saying:

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.

For those who do not suffer from depression and have never suffered from it, it is indeed a baffling disease to behold. Someone like Robin Williams, so beloved and admired, someone with family, a wife, success, riches, and everything that anyone seems to strive for to bring happiness, to kill himself, has brought it home for a lot of people just how serious this disease is, and how helpless someone can feel when he or she is in the grip of it.

I'm glad Simmons has realized his error.

What do you think about what he said?


Image via Gene Simmons/Facebook



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nonmember avatar Karen

I am truly appalled and disgusted with gene simmons. his name does not deserve capitals Lower cases are more appropriate. I lost my job I'm about to lose my home and everything I struggle hard to get with a slap of a figure. I don't see celebrities or people with wealth knocking at my door. My home gott damage from sandy no one including state or city reach out to give me help. I still have damage I can't afford to fixs my bills are behind by the way I had two jobs gone and by the way I am Black and doors aren't open like the Jewish . Do I want to kill myself u dam right my world is closing in at lease you had money a star power as ur saver. I brought ur music back in the 70's and saw ur show in atlantic city that was a gift. I am sorry I spend money when I had it to buy ur music maybe I should had save it so I would have gotten help.
Thanks for sharing ur opinion now I know how to handle it I'll go kill myself just like u said

nonmember avatar Karen

When I read the little fine line if I wasn't a member of cafemom
I know for sure you will not publish what I wrote if I was gene simmons my name will be right ontop

nonmember avatar Karen

By the way your apology is not accepted
You are a heartless crude men the only reason u r apologizing because
Money is your root and root only. peoples feeling and problems u don't give a dam about shame on you
Let this happen to your wife or kids that big month would be shut tight. By the way next's time leave your mother out of this
Everyday people like me who are losing there jobs homes cars which we work hard for and putting up with corporate greed feeling overwhelm physically and spiritually. No wonder people are killing themselves we get up everyday putting on a smiley face to put bread on the table our jobs are shutting down we are getting older and unappreciated .so genius what's your solution? I hope it pays the bills
Get back with me

nonmember avatar randi

@Karen, Maybe your problem is really a lack of education and being a stupid bigot. Jewish slurs and incoherent rambling on a blog make you sound like an idiot. Good luck to you.

nonmember avatar Karen

My dearest randi
My father is white my mother black bigot my dear is a strong word.
Everyday I get up apart from working 18hr I make the time to help people who are dying from a termInal illness or giving up on life because of their condition. Education lets not go there
I am far from stupid I save lives everyday except yesterday when a 19 year old white girl hung
herself because she felt unworthy to live
The pain I feel is unbearable this child life gone to soon
So next's time u write something know your facts maybe just maybe I will be the one saving you

nonmember avatar Nina

@Karen If you were educated maybe you wouldn't go on swearing sprees on mommy blogs and use horrible spelling and grammar.

nonmember avatar namers

Riiiiight because Holocaust survivors don't have mental health issues, like PTSD for starters. Mamma's boy Gene is a classic Narcissist, as in the personality disorder which has no freakin cure.

Prett... PrettyWings29

He is not the frontman of KISS. Paul is. Gene plays bass and sings fewer songs than Paul Stanley. 

nonmember avatar krystian

Karen, you must not he that educated if you can barely spell or make any sense.

Honestly, to a point I agree with him. Why announce you are gonna do it? Just do it. I've dealt with depression since I was 13, and have other mental issues. As do my brothers. My youngest tried it a year ago, I looked and said

"If you really wanted to die, then you would've done it by now. Stop doing it for attention."

Some people do use it as an attention seeker.

As for his apology, I don't think he means it, And I don't think it was him. I think it was his publicist

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