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KISS' Gene Simmons Has Some Blunt Words About Michael Jackson
Blabbermouth ^ | 6/28/2009

Posted on 06/28/2009 6:02:33 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons has issued the following statement (via his Facebook page) regarding the passing of pop music legend Michael Jackson, who died Thursday (June 25) at age 50:

"[I've] gotten a lot of questions from media and from quite a lot of you [regarding] Michael Jackson.

"I have refused all media requests for interviews. There are enough people in the industry being quoted. Some altruistically, some for media coverage.

"Either way... When I was going out with Diana Ross in the early '80s, I met Michael a few times through her. We spent social time together. Found him to be gentle, charming... obviously very talented. And that was that.

"The Michael of later years is someone I didn't recognize... nor like very much.

"When there are children involved... when there are allegations (many) of child molestation... when there are admissions of inviting countless young boys to spend weekends and sometimes Michael's bed with them (Michael's quote), clothed or unclothed... makes no difference... when there are payoffs to the children making the accusations in the $20,000,000 range ($20 million dollars!!! — as reported by media) ....There's more than doubt in my mind.

"This doesn't take into consideration Michael's children... none of whom are biologically his. All three of whom have had a 'strange' upbringing. But then we don't know much, except a 'father' who thought nothing of dangling his young child over the balcony (head covered in a towel), so his fans could get a thrill.

"So what's my comment regarding Michael's passing? I hope he finds peace. I wish his family and friends all the best in these very sad times.

"But as regards media coverage: celebs can always get media coverage.

"But what about the children who spent nights with Michael in his bed? (He has admitted on camera he has done it many times, and would continue to do it.) They need a voice. And they should have a chance to have their say. With lie detectors attached. Maybe then, away from rich celebrities, tricky lawyers and L.A. court systems that can't seem to convict anyone.... maybe then, we'll find out the truth about child molestation charges leveled at Michael Jackson from children (that's plural, not singular).

"My comment? I recognize and respect his talent, but the rest is very tainted. And I want to hear the truth, once and for all."


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: genesimmons; michaeljackson
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1 posted on 06/28/2009 6:02:33 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache
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To: My Favorite Headache
I've never liked KISS. Ever.

But now I respect Simmons.

2 posted on 06/28/2009 6:05:30 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (ALSO SPRACH ZEROTHUSTRA)
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To: My Favorite Headache

3 posted on 06/28/2009 6:06:49 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: My Favorite Headache
I would expect nothing less from Gene. One of the best marketer's of our time but does not let it really mess his head up.
4 posted on 06/28/2009 6:08:26 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Nemo me impune lacessit)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Man... when Gene Simmons can dish out a lecture on family values...


5 posted on 06/28/2009 6:08:43 PM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Good for this guy, telling it like it is.


6 posted on 06/28/2009 6:08:53 PM PDT by calex59
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To: Psycho_Bunny

That’s why it’s good to be... Me!


7 posted on 06/28/2009 6:09:14 PM PDT by Vendome
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To: Psycho_Bunny
My son really did, back in the day.

I kid him (Dr blam) now about it in front of his girlfriend. Hee, hee.

8 posted on 06/28/2009 6:09:20 PM PDT by blam
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To: My Favorite Headache

God works in mysterious ways:

When Farah met St Peter at the pearly gates, he asked her what she wanted. Farah said, “Ask God to protect the children.”

About an hour later, Michael Jackson died of a heart attack.


Seriously, I agree 100% with Gene.


9 posted on 06/28/2009 6:09:53 PM PDT by A. Patriot (CZ 52's ROCK)
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To: My Favorite Headache

You go Gene....


10 posted on 06/28/2009 6:10:04 PM PDT by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.)
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To: My Favorite Headache

MJ is dead,why pound the guy deeper than 6 feet.Typical kiss@ss remark.What did Gene do when he knew so much when MJ was alive?NOTHING.


11 posted on 06/28/2009 6:10:13 PM PDT by taxtruth
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To: My Favorite Headache
Who anointed Michael Jackson the 'King of Pop'? Nobody asked me to vote. The media tells us who to idolize. Yes, Jackson was talented. But his output was relatively limited and MTV kept playing the same Jackson videos over and over in the 80's until I wanted to scream. SOS same old same old.

He was a physically handsome young man until he started to change his skin color. What kind of troubled person would go to such extremes to change his skin color and his Afro-American facial features?

That said, I offer prayers up for his children and his grieving family.

12 posted on 06/28/2009 6:11:40 PM PDT by Ciexyz
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To: Psycho_Bunny

KISS never was nor never would be my ‘cup of tea.’ but Simmons has consistently been very traditional, conservative in his personal views.


13 posted on 06/28/2009 6:12:41 PM PDT by EDINVA (A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul -- G. B. Shaw)
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To: My Favorite Headache

My comment? I recognize and respect his talent, but the rest is very tainted. And I want to hear the truth, once and for all.”

Yup.


14 posted on 06/28/2009 6:13:26 PM PDT by BigCinBigD ('When a man believes that any stick will do, he at once picks up a boomerang,')
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To: Psycho_Bunny
Gene Simmons, for all the fame and fortune, actually strikes me as one who has his head screwed on (mostly) straight.

He's not one of this uber-liberal self-hating Jews (born in Israel, real name is Chaim Witz). He's actually pretty conservative, both fiscally and socially. Yeah, he does sleep with ALOT of women...but here are a couple of quotes of his:

"I'm ashamed to be surrounded by people calling themselves liberal who are, in my opinion, spitting on the graves of brave American soldiers who gave their life to fight a war that wasn't theirs...in a country they've never been to... simply to liberate the people therein"

...and regarding America...

"I wasn't born here. But I have a love for this country and its people that knows no bounds. I will forever be grateful to America for going into World War II, when it had nothing to gain, in a country that was far away... and rescued my mother from the Nazi German Concentration Camps. She is alive and I am alive because of America. And, if you have a problem with America, you have a problem with me".

He was a supporter of the Bush tax cuts (he's a business man) and a supporter of the Iraq War.

15 posted on 06/28/2009 6:14:34 PM PDT by Zeppelin (Where have you gone, Joe McCarthy, oh, a nation turns illiberel eyes to you? oo oo oo...)
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To: taxtruth
MJ is dead,why pound the guy deeper than 6 feet.Typical kiss@ss remark.What did Gene do when he knew so much when MJ was alive?NOTHING.

Knew what? All Gene Simmons was saying is what most people already know. He didn't have any 'insider' information.
16 posted on 06/28/2009 6:15:00 PM PDT by tfecw (It's for the children)
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To: taxtruth

Did Gene really need to comment? Even if the media and fans asked? Gene slept with thousands of women, his wife is a soft-porn star...and he has put his own kids in the spotlight on his reality show....do not judge lest ye be judged. I pray that Michael is at peace now.


17 posted on 06/28/2009 6:15:06 PM PDT by Blue Turtle
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To: taxtruth
What would you have ANYONE do? MJ was closely controlled by his Father and the rest of his Klan. Access was VERY difficult.
18 posted on 06/28/2009 6:15:35 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Nemo me impune lacessit)
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To: mad_as_he$$
I would expect nothing less from Gene. One of the best marketer's of our time but does not let it really mess his head up.

I didn't like them back in the 70s and 80s. My sons did though. Then I learned what you posted and now I listen to their music all of the time. LOL! Isn't that weird!

19 posted on 06/28/2009 6:16:17 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Hey America! How's that "hope and change" thing working out?)
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To: Zeppelin

I watched some of the shows on The Apprentice with him. OH man, what an ego. He went down thinking he knew better than the Kodak executive. It was a funny thing to watch.


20 posted on 06/28/2009 6:16:21 PM PDT by RummyChick
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To: pnh102
Family values? Terry Gross of NPR interviews Gene Simmons.

He's very entertaining though. Probably the best guest that NPR ever got.
21 posted on 06/28/2009 6:16:54 PM PDT by dr_who
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To: pnh102
Man... when Gene Simmons can dish out a lecture on family values...

Amazing isn't it, what crawls out of the primordial soup?

22 posted on 06/28/2009 6:17:31 PM PDT by pray4liberty (http://www.aroodawakening.tv)
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To: taxtruth

I didn’t find anything particularly nasty about these remarks except that traditionally one is supposed to focus on the good things about the deceased. These questions are still mysteries. Did he molest or not? I don’t know the answer.


23 posted on 06/28/2009 6:17:31 PM PDT by Soothesayer (The United States of America Rest in Peace November 4 2008)
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To: pnh102

If you ever get a chance to watch his show (if it is still on). He is quite a character and a pretty good dad.


24 posted on 06/28/2009 6:18:04 PM PDT by republicangel
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To: My Favorite Headache

The first rock concert I ever went to was KISS in downtown Pittsburgh at some theater in around 1974 or so. It was Kiss, Rush and The Heavy Metal Kids. :)

My ears have never been the same.


25 posted on 06/28/2009 6:18:33 PM PDT by MarineBrat (The New York Times is a Communist Kamikaze.)
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To: mad_as_he$$

His father is a digusting piece of work. I hope the excuse for this interview tonight with BET is that the old man is senile..but I suspect it is how he has always been.

http://perezhilton.com/2009-06-28-michael-jacksons-father-hits-the-red-carpet#respond


26 posted on 06/28/2009 6:18:54 PM PDT by RummyChick
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To: taxtruth
What did Gene do when he knew so much when MJ was alive?NOTHING.

What did YOU do when all that stuff was going on? Don't kid us or yourself, you knew what was going on but you did nothing too...........You are just as to blame as Gene Simmons.

27 posted on 06/28/2009 6:19:00 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (This country isn't going to hell in a handbasket, it's riding shotgun in an Indy car....)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Sexual perversion WAS huge in the downfall of Michael Jackson.
He was a healthy handsome young man but suspect somewhere in the late 80’s to early 90’s he dabbled in pedophilia and homosexuality. He looked so much more effeminate after that and his physical appearance, health and finances went south.
He was too young to just drop out of the music world for 12 years unproductive like he did. Sexual perversion helped destroy him!


28 posted on 06/28/2009 6:19:12 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: Blue Turtle
Why say anything unless you need a little press like Al or Jesse.This is all about pr.This is only the beginning of the pr campaign.I'm in the business so I may have a heads up with this.
29 posted on 06/28/2009 6:20:17 PM PDT by taxtruth
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To: taxtruth

What did anyone do?

I respect Gene a lot more than Michael Jackson. ANY man that throws parties where he sleeps with little boys is not natural.


30 posted on 06/28/2009 6:20:47 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
I am more hard rock than any of my offspring. They think it “cute”. ;-)
31 posted on 06/28/2009 6:21:38 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Nemo me impune lacessit)
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To: RummyChick
He has always been an ahole.
32 posted on 06/28/2009 6:22:28 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Nemo me impune lacessit)
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To: Ciexyz
Who anointed Michael Jackson the 'King of Pop'? Nobody asked me to vote.

You don't vote for kings!

(yes, that's from Monty Python...)

33 posted on 06/28/2009 6:22:36 PM PDT by Zeppelin (Where have you gone, Joe McCarthy, oh? A nation turns illiberel eyes to you...oo oo oo...)
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To: Psycho_Bunny
I am too old to have liked Kiss, but I have watched “Gene Simmons Family Jewels” and his family life is quite sane...No drugs, no smoking, no booze...He has never done any of it and his kids are adults now...Great kids and well grounded..The woman he lives with use to be a playboy centerfold...they have lived together for several decades but Gene will not get married...BIG house...he is a workaholic, some businees’s he has been involved in are sexual products with the KISS name. All in all a interesting show to watch.

Not at all like I would have expected.

34 posted on 06/28/2009 6:23:09 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: My Favorite Headache

Did MJ have AIDS ? His physical decline was extreme.


35 posted on 06/28/2009 6:23:48 PM PDT by 1066AD
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To: Hot Tabasco

Sorry,couldn’t do anything because I never knew MJ at all so I never knew anything.


36 posted on 06/28/2009 6:24:01 PM PDT by taxtruth
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To: RummyChick

Haha, nice!

Regardless of how I feel about celebrities, good or bad (mostly bad), it’s always nice to see one get knocked down a notch...


37 posted on 06/28/2009 6:24:34 PM PDT by Zeppelin (Where have you gone, Joe McCarthy, oh? A nation turns illiberel eyes to you...oo oo oo...)
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To: 1066AD

I think even AIDS was scared of Michael Jackson.


38 posted on 06/28/2009 6:24:34 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Ciexyz
Who anointed Michael Jackson the 'King of Pop'?

Uh, his albums sales did.

The media tells us who to idolize.

They do?

But his output was relatively limited and MTV kept playing the same Jackson videos over and over in the 80's until I wanted to scream. SOS same old same old.

I don't know if you know this, but MTV at the time consisted entirely of playing Madonna and hair-metal bands. Jackson became so popular that MTV basically had no choice.

He was a physically handsome young man until he started to change his skin color.

Ever hear of Vitiligo? It's a rare skin disease that changes the skin's pigmentation. Jackson had it.

39 posted on 06/28/2009 6:25:40 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist ("President Obama, your agenda is not new, it's not change, and it's not hope" - Rush Limbaugh 02/28)
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To: RummyChick

Sorry, but I’ll never click on a Perez Hilton link. No point in driving up his numbers.


40 posted on 06/28/2009 6:27:46 PM PDT by Two Kids' Dad (((( Palin/Netanyahu 2012 ))))
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To: My Favorite Headache

bookmark


41 posted on 06/28/2009 6:27:49 PM PDT by Artemis Webb
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To: My Favorite Headache

A celebrity who is telling it like it really is. Very refreshing.


42 posted on 06/28/2009 6:30:35 PM PDT by truthandlife ("Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God." (Ps 20:7))
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To: mad_as_he$$

That makes two of us.


43 posted on 06/28/2009 6:31:53 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Hey America! How's that "hope and change" thing working out?)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Don’t mind me. Just enjoying this thread.

And the fact that these few words from Gene has sparked such debate.

His deed is done, IMHO.


44 posted on 06/28/2009 6:32:01 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (30-year smoker, E-Cigs helped me quit, and O wants me back smoking again?)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
He wanted to turn his skin white and used the excuse of vitiligo. There was very little about him that one could consider "truth."

Puh-leeze.

And, with all due respect, your comment about the media NOT telling us whom to idolize is a bit silly.

45 posted on 06/28/2009 6:36:09 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Who ever thought we would long for the days of the Clinton administration...)
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To: My Favorite Headache

WOW!


46 posted on 06/28/2009 6:37:54 PM PDT by A Cyrenian
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To: dfwgator
Almost feel sorry for him. For the last few years he was not much more than a puppet for others.
47 posted on 06/28/2009 6:40:37 PM PDT by 1066AD
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To: taxtruth

Agreed....and I like how some of these celebrities have gone on TV to talk about Michael and then promote a show or gig...or something of their own.


48 posted on 06/28/2009 6:40:47 PM PDT by Blue Turtle
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To: pnh102
Man... when Gene Simmons can dish out a lecture on family values...

Right. Even the murderers and rapists doing hard time usually draw the line when it comes to little boys.

49 posted on 06/28/2009 6:43:04 PM PDT by plain talk
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To: taxtruth
MJ is dead,why pound the guy deeper than 6 feet.Typical kiss@ss remark.What did Gene do when he knew so much when MJ was alive?NOTHING.

Well, the article does state that Gene says he's been asked by a number of people for a reaction or statement, so . . this is his statement. It's irrelevant if he would've put out a statement if he hadn't been asked; he was asked, so there is his statement.

As to when MJ was alive, if you don't have anything nice to say, say nothing. Looks like Gene did that. I don't approve of every aspect of Gene's lifestyle (or rumored lifestyle), but at least he tells it like it is; you can take him at his word.

I say, bury MJ and be done with it. Never liked his music (I'm a rocker, not a 'pop'er) or his videos (not much of a dancer, so I'm not into watching others dance, either), but I realize others found him very entertaining. Heck, I wasn't much of a KISS fan either, but I like Gene's straight-forward approach.

50 posted on 06/28/2009 6:50:37 PM PDT by jeffc (They're coming to take me away! Ha-ha, hey-hey, ho-ho!)
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