has stepped out to defend pop star Miley Cyrus
following her controversial performance at the MTV VMA
awards.Cyrus had been criticised for her sexually provocative performance which included "twerking"
on singer Robin Thicke
's crotch and performing suggestive gestures with a large foam hand, because she has a large and impressionable young fan base."She's being treated unfairly,"
said Simmons in an interview with Salon
. "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?"
When asked if Cyrus' actions would loosen public morals, Gene was dismissive. "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."
In fact, Simmons thinks he's got a few things in common with young risque stars, because Kiss
songs are about empowerment and not playing by the rules. "We sell out every night,"
he says, noting that many of Kiss' old critics have "fallen by the wayside."
What do you think of Miley Cyrus' actions at the MTV VMAs? Rock 'n' roll, or morally repugnant? Let us know in the comments.