KISS leader Gene Simmons, fresh from his hip-hop takedown, is crying mea culpa after taking heat for calling Prince a druggie who killed himself.
“How pathetic that he killed himself,” the long-tongued singer told Newsweek. “Don’t kid yourself; that’s what he did. Slowly, I’ll grant you… But that’s what drugs and alcohol is: A slow death.”
Now he’s backtracking, as Rolling Stone noted Wednesday:
“Gene Simmons has apologized for saying that Prince’s death was ‘a choice’ due to his alleged addiction to painkillers. In a note on Twitter, the outspoken Kiss member wrote, ‘I just got such shit from my family for my big mouth again. I apologize — I have a long history of getting very angry at what drugs do to the families/friends of the addicts. I get angry at drug users because of my experience being around them coming up in the rock scene.'”
In his apology, we’re told, Simmons explained that the culture he grew up in cast off addicts as “losers” and he admitted it was difficult for him to “change with the times.
“Needless to say,” he said, “I didn’t express myself properly here — I don’t shy away from controversy, and angry critics really don’t bother me at all. If I think I’m right, I’ll throw up a finger and dig my heels in and laugh. But this time, I was not. So my apologies.”
Others didn’t let him off the hook:
Embarrassed by cold clueless statements re Prince’s death. Without all the facts better to say nothing. My apologies https://t.co/Arb5XQ4o7l
— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) May 10, 2016
Gene Simmons called Prince’s death “pathetic.” He then put on facepaint & continued his life as an adult who dresses up as an action figure.
— Hari Kondabolu (@harikondabolu) May 11, 2016
Gene Simmons called Prince’s death pathetic. Just another reason why he should keep his tongue in his mouth
— Eliza Bayne (@ElizaBayne) May 10, 2016
Sorry, Gene Simmons, but Prince had the best Kiss record. pic.twitter.com/HxlgBBZREG
— (re)becca ツ (@bexology_) May 10, 2016
Prince is gone but Gene Simmons and Ted Nugent are still here. Where’s the justice?
— Rob Skipworth (@StudioRob) May 10, 2016
So, Gene Simmons is basically a racist. Don’t deny it. First the “hip-hop” comment nonsense, now slamming Prince’s death. #ByeGene
— Charles Clymer (@cmclymer) May 10, 2016
Wow Gene Simmons comments about Prince were wildly insensitive. I am starting to believe he has an issue with blackness now.
— Mr.White (@BrandonWhiteInc) May 10, 2016
— Consequence of Sound (@coslive) May 10, 2016
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