Gene Simmons: Sorry About That Depression Screed
'I deeply regret any offhand remarks'
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 17, 2014 8:18 AM CDT
Gene Simmons speaks onstage during the "4th and Loud" portion of the AMC 2014 Summer TCA on Friday, July 11, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif.   (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – Remember that time when Gene Simmons not-so-charmingly said depressed people should just kill themselves? Well, after Robin Williams—a depressed personreally did kill himself, people took exception to Simmons' screed, a #BanGene hashtag got going, and some radio stations stopped playing KISS' music. Now, as E! Online reports, Simmons is walking back those comments. As per a statement on his Facebook page:

  • "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."

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baldpirate
Aug 18, 2014 10:13 AM CDT
I wonder what Paul Stanley, Peter Criss and Ace Frehley think about their leaders big mouth which could inevitably hurt the corporation that is now KISS. Maybe it's time for a new Chairman of the Board ! ! !
JERZJOE
Aug 18, 2014 8:43 AM CDT
I still say... Gene Who? Who Cares! There ya go!
realhumanbeing
Aug 18, 2014 6:48 AM CDT
But why is he wearing a black wick and black sunglasses? Something looks suspicious to me....