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Kiss' Gene Simmons Tells Depression Sufferers: "Fuck You, Kill Yourself"

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

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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."

So, needless to say, a lot of people are shocked by Simmons' comments.

Gene Simmons has always been controversial but there is a line you dont cross. And Gene walked right past that line!

Mr Cricket@MrCricketAust

Gene Simmons has always been controversial but there is a line you dont cross. And Gene walked right past that line!

12:07 PM - 15 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@genesimmons you discust me after what you said about people with depression

Michael Landy@mikeradioguy

@genesimmons you discust me after what you said about people with depression

12:01 PM - 15 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Even fans have disowned him.

Fuck you @genesimmons for your disgustingly insensitive comments regarding depression and suicide! No longer a kiss fan! Go fuck yourself!

Milligans Island@twitchlovesme

Fuck you @genesimmons for your disgustingly insensitive comments regarding depression and suicide! No longer a kiss fan! Go fuck yourself!

12:08 PM - 15 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

on the bright side, gene simmons is so god damn irrelevant it's likely teens don't even know who he is, let alone what he's been saying

Evan@myrrhley

on the bright side, gene simmons is so god damn irrelevant it's likely teens don't even know who he is, let alone what he's been saying

11:58 AM - 15 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Kiss Bassist Gene Simmons Tells Depression Sufferers 'F**k You, Then Kill Yourself' http://t.co/j9AptYcxpZ ... Annnd delete Kiss from iPod

Jack Mendel@JackMendel4

Kiss Bassist Gene Simmons Tells Depression Sufferers 'F**k You, Then Kill Yourself' http://t.co/j9AptYcxpZ ... Annnd delete Kiss from iPod

11:58 AM - 15 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@genesimmons what an colossal prick you are, is your career so fucked that you need to make such a statement about depression for attention?

Fuck Pig@horace_wimp

@genesimmons what an colossal prick you are, is your career so fucked that you need to make such a statement about depression for attention?

11:56 AM - 15 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Although he did make the comments two weeks before Williams' death, and he tweeted this when he heard the sad news.

R.I.P. Robin Williams. A kind and generous man.

Gene Simmons@genesimmons

R.I.P. Robin Williams. A kind and generous man.

12:50 AM - 12 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

But even that didn't impress some people, who were quick to point out the meaning of his words.

@genesimmons He followed your advice and killed himself and killed himself. Impressed with yourself yet? Depression is real, & you're a dick

Kate Woolard@maikastar

@genesimmons He followed your advice and killed himself and killed himself. Impressed with yourself yet? Depression is real, & you're a dick

12:09 PM - 15 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Mötley Crüe's Nikki Sixx has criticised the rocker, too.

I struggled with addiction and depression but found recovery.Would you be happy if I killed myself instead?Also my 4 kids wouldnt been born.

Nikki Sixx@NikkiSixx

I struggled with addiction and depression but found recovery.Would you be happy if I killed myself instead?Also my 4 kids wouldnt been born.

7:13 AM - 13 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

I wonder if @genesimmons would still say how depressed people or addicts should kill themselves if it happend to his wife or kids?

Nikki Sixx@NikkiSixx

I wonder if @genesimmons would still say how depressed people or addicts should kill themselves if it happend to his wife or kids?

7:34 AM - 13 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

H/T Huffington Post