Big Mouth

SuspectsI’ve been given a great opportunity. I get to talk about KISS AND one of my other favorite subjects; free speech. I was going to talk about this right when it happened, but other events have happened that make it even better!

Gene Simmons (founder/bassist/vocalist for Kiss) said some incredibly insensitive things related to the death of Prince. Now, I’ve been following them for 40 years, so it did NOT surprise me that he said what he said. If you know Gene, he constantly does this. His philosophy is “There is no such thing as bad publicity, just include my picture and spell my name correctly.”

Now, I disagree with what he said, BUT he has the right to say it. This is a core belief behind the founding of this country and something that I think about every day. Something is happening where everyone is too thin skinned and takes what everyone else says too seriously. If someone says something and YOU get upset, that is YOUR problem, not the person who said it. I’m not talking about a personal attack, I’m talking about just a random statement. Yes, what Gene said can be thought of as wrong, but if I get upset, it’s my problem and I have to deal with it. My feelings are my own.

Everybody criticized Gene, including Paul Stanley (his bandmate for over 40 years). His wife stood behind him and I applaud her for this. Soon after his comments became public, Gene’s family convinced him that he should apologize, and he did. This shows us many things; First that his family is able to confront him and have an open discussion. Next, Gene is able to step back and see the criticism that he is being given and use it. Lastly, he’s able to take responsibility for his mistake and apologize.

Now he didn’t necessarily backtrack on his comments, he admitted to being to harsh about it. He feels the way he feels, and that’s ok. That is ok for EVERYONE. We’re all allowed our own opinions and feelings.

Nikki Sixx (bassist, founder of Motley Crue) has been on a rampage about Gene’s comments. Again, he’s allowed his opinion, but at this point is just seems like he’s trying to pile on. Where was Nikki when Gene originally opened his mouth? I don’t remember Nikki berating Vince Neil (singer, founder of Motley Crue) when he committed vehicular manslaughter.

I think Gene is a narcissistic, misogynist pig, but I like his music and I think he’s a smart guy… AND that is just MY opinion, you don’t have to agree. Wonder if this will start a social media firestorm. 😉

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2 comments

  1. I am so glad you gave your thoughts on this. 🙂 I have been wanting to say something but wasn’t sure where to start.

    All I can say is that it saddens me when I see great songwriters / musicians that I used to admire acting in such a way. The bottom line is that insulting another person is wrong and always will be.

    Contrary to what the world believes… you are responsible for what you say and how it affects others. Freedom of speech does not mean you say whatever you want without consequence. That school of thought encourages the abuse of a great gift that has been given to us by the Founding Fathers.

    Whether you are a comedian, teacher, artist, or just a normal guy on the street, you have a duty to never shame, ridicule, or defame anyone. If you do… then you are responsible for the damage inflicted on your target. Freedom of speech comes with a great deal of responsibility. You cannot just write things off and say “people are too sensitive.”

    From the Gosple of Matthew: “What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.”

    Take for example people that have made it their life’s mission to bash Donald Trump and other politicians on a non-stop basis via social media. This behavior is wrong. This behavior will always be wrong. You can’t call someone an idiot who you claim always calls people idiots.

    Let’s take a look at Luke for more info… in a parable from Jesus…i.e. the one whose tomb is empty… as opposed to every other philosopher and teacher that has ever existed. The other guys may be fun and easy to read… but they are completely unnecessary and irrelevant in the grand scheme of things.

    10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’

    13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’

    14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

    In the world today I see way too many people like the Pharisee and too few like the tax collector.

    We must always remember the Declaration of Independence is a document based on Natural law… i.e. God’s Law… i.e. the law that governs the universe. “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness…” is not a free pass to run amok in the world and dowhatever you want. Authentic life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness should be guided by and directed toward the Creator. That is what true happiness is. That is what the Founding Fathers believe and why the Declaration of Independence (and the documents it inspired like The Constitution) is so brilliant. Sadly, most people forget this.

    So lets never forget the principles on which our nation was founded. It’s free for all… but not a “free for all.”

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