Skip to comments.Outrage as KISS player mouths off on Muslims
Posted on 05/13/2004 9:25:48 PM PDT by veronica
KISS bass player Gene Simmons has caused an uproar among Australia's Muslim community by launching an attack on Islamic culture while in Melbourne.
The lizard-tongued rock god who is touring Australia with the world's most enduring glam rock band launched an attack on Muslim extremists during an interview on Melbourne's 3AW radio - including comments which were labelled inaccurate.
"Extremism believes that it's okay to strap bombs on to your children and send them to paradise and whatever else and to behead people," he said yesterday.
The Israeli-born US musician went on to say Islam was a "vile culture" that treated women worse than dogs.
Muslim women had to walk behind their men and were not allowed to be educated or own houses, he said.
"Your dog, however, can walk side by side, your dog is allowed to have its own dog house... you can send your dog to school to learn tricks, sit, beg, do all that stuff - none of the women have that advantage."
He went on to say the west was under threat.
"This is a vile culture and if you think for a second that it's going to just live in the sands of God's armpit you've got another thing coming," he said.
"They want to come and live right where you live and they think that you're evil."
Simmons said the United Nations approach did not work and the west had to "speak softly and carry a big stick".
The radio station today fielded calls from Muslims upset at the comments, including Australian Muslim of the year Susan Carland, who said Australian Muslims rejected extremism and did not fit Simmons' stereotype.
Ms Carland said she had two degrees, was doing her honours and "certainly do not walk behind my husband".
Chairman of the Islamic Council of Victoria Yasser Soliman said Simmons' comments were "very unfortunate".
"He's very famous obviously and popular and, as a result, influential," he said.
"Mixing the entertainment world with the political and religious world is a minefield."
He said Simmons had begun by talking about extremists but had gone on to vilify the entire Muslim culture.
"A number of his claims regarding women and what they are allowed to do and not do are wrong - Islam teaches the opposite," he said.
Simmons had a right to free speech, but this had to be balanced against the damage done to innocent people, he said.
"I think it would be good for overseas speakers and commentators to be given some sort of advice in regards to our vilification laws here," he said.
"They leave and go back to where they arrived from, but they leave behind a big mess that we have to live with."
I was just waxing philosophically about the great bands of the 70s: Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Who, Rush, and Kiss. WTF was last one???
And his comments are wrong because?
I've never been a Kiss fan -- not really into guys with makeup. But all these comments sound pretty much right on the money.
Gene's always been a hawk on foreign policy and not just on the Middle East. I remember him making some not too kind remarks about the Russians during the 1980s.
What would we do without the Moslems working hard to make sure "no damage (is) done to innocent people". /sarcasm off
Blondie, Elvis Costelo, The Clash, The Police, ...
Aerosmith and The Eagles come to mind.
Not a KISS fan, but Right-On! Gene
Isn't Simmons the guy who says he's slept with something like 10,000 women? and Cher? LOL!
Yeah, tell it to Babs and the Blitzie Chicks. In the meantime, I'm going out and buying up every KISS CD I can find after I join the Gene Simmons fan club.
Gene Simmons makes a ton of sense here. He makes more since than most Democrats and even some Republicans on the issues with face with Islam. It is not the relgion of peace. If it is, I would hate to see the relgion of hate.
The Starland Vocal Band?
You don't have to tell us -- we've got all kinds of New Age, politically correct, post-modern, anti-West garbage coming out of Hollywood and the music world.
Judging from Gene Simmons' comments, he ain't one of them.
I love Gene.
No, no, no. You are thinking of Richard Simmons.
and Shannon Tweed most notably!
Most of the damage being done to innocent people at this point in time is being done by Muslims.
So he claims. He was born in Tel Aviv and his mother survived the Nazi camps. He knows all about Nazis, the old and the new, and he tells it like it is.