Fri Nov 01, 2013 6:41 am
Gene Simmons Thinks Miley Cyrus Is ‘Being Treated Unfairly’
by Jeff Giles September 13, 2013
Gene Simmons has devoted his career to defending the right of all young women to shake what their mamas gave them, so it should come as no surprise that the Kiss bassist is standing behind Miley Cyrus in her hour of public controversy.
In a recent interview with Salon that touched on many of the usual subjects, like charges of selling out (“we sell out every night”) and the band’s critical struggles (“most critics have fallen by the wayside”), Simmons was asked to weigh in on the brouhaha that erupted after Cyrus’ risque performance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. Unsurprisingly, he doesn’t count himself among the offended.
“She’s being treated unfairly,” responded Simmons. “Madonna, Rihanna and the single-named girls with the A’s in their names — uh, Shakira — if they can do the same stuff, why isn’t anyone picking on them? Justice for all. If the rest of the girls can kiss each other, why can’t she do what she wants?” Asked if he felt any personal responsibility for loosening public morals, he answered, “We should all be free onstage. The old days before the pill, we were all slaves. Self-empowerment — fashion be damned, just wear what you want.”
To an extent, Simmons even feels something of an artistic kinship with Cyrus’ brand of provocation. “The things we sing about are timeless,” he argued when asked if he thought young people could still identify with Kiss. “Political affairs and social situations come and go. But if you’re singing about empowerment and not playing by the rules, you can sing about them until you can’t sing anymore. The idea of not listening to people who tell you what you can’t accomplish is timeless, while someone else may be singing about saving the whales.”
Fri Nov 01, 2013 6:42 am
SO in your faces Miley haters Gene has spoken.
Fri Nov 01, 2013 8:10 am
Ritchie, the whole point of her recent antics was to cause controversy and publicity. She is now way more famous/notorious than she was a few weeks ago. Job done. No need to defend her because she got exactly what she wanted.
Fri Nov 01, 2013 10:33 am
TJ wrote:Ritchie, the whole point of her recent antics was to cause controversy and publicity. She is now way more famous/notorious than she was a few weeks ago. Job done. No need to defend her because she got exactly what she wanted.
I agree with you, It's Not like Miley is shocked or something from the public' reaction, that's what she wanted and she knew exactly what she was doing, pushing people' buttons and deliberately pulling Shock stunts and controversy is a tactic some performers use to get more attention and fame like Madonna and Lady Gaga...Miley is happy with the the reaction she got because that was her goal...she's now more famous and more talked about than before.
Fri Nov 01, 2013 1:09 pm
ritchie valens wrote:SO in your faces Miley haters Gene has spoken.
Miley in my face speaks to Gene's face too and to be the one speaker spoken face.