Kiss’ Gene Simmons Tells Depression Sufferers: “Fuck You, Kill Yourself”

The rock star’s comments in conversation with Songfacts have caused outrage.

Gene Simmons has infuriated a lot of people after an interview revealing his thoughts about depression and suicide emerged.

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Last month the rocker told

For a putz 20-year-old kid to say, ‘I’m depressed. I live in Seattle.’ Fuck you, then kill yourself. I never understand, because 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 the fuck up, have some dignity and jump! You’ve got the crowd.

“By the way, you walk up to the same guy on a ledge who threatens to jump and put a gun to his head, ‘I’m going to blow your fuckin’ head off.’ He’ll go, ‘Please don’t.’ It’s true. He’s not that insane.”

The comments are particularly poignant this week, coming so soon after the death of Robin Williams, who was suffering from depression at the time of his death.

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