Gene Simmons on Failed Devil Horns Trademark Attempt: I Regret Nothing

"I'm too rich to care."

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Gene Simmons on Failed Devil Horns Trademark Attempt: I Regret Nothing

KISS bass mogul Gene Simmons addressed his failed attempt to trademark the devil horns, telling The Windsor Star:

"I regret nothing. Wake up every morning and let your conscience be your guide.

"Did you know I own the money bag logo? The dollar sign with the bag of money. I own all kinds of things.

"I own 'motion pictures' as a trademark. Anyone who thinks that's silly - the silliest thing I've ever done is wear more makeup and higher heels than your mommy.

"People said, 'You can't do that.' Actually, bitch - I can. I can do anything I want to do."

Gene also talked about calling his 2004 album "Asshole," saying:

"Well, hindsight's 20/20... I love the arrogance of 'Asshole.' It's often used as a term of endearment.

"I've certainly been called ‘asshole’ more than once. Starting with my mother.

"And I thought, 'Everybody's going to get the joke.' Apparently, they didn't.

"But I don't care. I'm too rich to care.

"Do what you want to do, and the world can take a hike. I'm blessed to be able to do that. You can surmise that it wasn't a record company executive's decision."

And now, here's Gene Simmons covering The Prodigy's "Firestarter."

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    Why do I even click on this shit?
    Do you think if the UG community somehow voted we could get them to stop posting shit on this asshole people call Gene Simmons.
    Nope, because at the end of the day UG doesn't give a shit about us. They care about the money coming in from the ads. Because....actually, bitch, UG can do whatever they want.  Sucks.
    "'Everyone's going to get the joke'. Apparently they didn't." Oh no, they definitely did. Except it really isn't a joke.
    I'm going to trademark the name "Gene Simmons" because I can do anyting!
    For many years I asked myself "why the hell he don't go to hairstylist, he's so fckin rich but looks like a cocker spaniel" Now I understand, he's dumb
    Did he say his mother called him a Asshole? If that doesn't tell you something .....
    I've been called that by my mom too. It also could have been a joke. Not defending Simmons at all, cause I think he's a tool, but just a thought.
    Gene Simmons once had bowel problems while on tour with KISS; he gave birth to Martin Shkreli in toilet cubical. Shkreli later became the cunt that hiked the prices of pharmaceutical drugs by 5000%. Simmons later took Shkreli to court; Simmons claimed that, while he didn't come with the idea to buy the pharmaceutical drugs, he came up with the idea to hike the prices up 5000% and then sell them, yet gave Simmons not credit or his share of the earnings.
    Shkreli isn't a bad guy, he did that for a reason.
    That was the worst thing I've heard today & I heard a Ghost song earlier. 
    He for sure doesn't own the trademark for the "bag of money" or "Motion Picture". He might own exclusive rights to extremely limited uses of those, but he doesn't own the rights.
    If I had a dollar for every time he says "more makeup and higher heels than your mommy" I'd be fucking millionaire.
    He should have trademarked that wig - he could have made millions from the Planet Of The Apes franchise.
    Question : While I do like the early KISS stuff, .. without the make-up would they even be 10% as big as they became?  Kiss has some good songs, Ace is a great guitarist, and Paul is a good vocalist, but i do not believe that they would have been anywhere near as popular without the make up and marketing. This would also make a great Weds Question, bands that became popular due to image over music.
    They only got noticed because of their stage show, apparently they weren't very good playing live as they had to overdub most of the "Alive" album which is what brought them their fame. Safe to say they'd have tanked without the image.
    Dude, what live album isn't overdubbed?  
    GWAR would be on that list for sure. I Love their music, but thwir image is what always captivated me. Lordi is on that list too.
    Fun fact: What we know as "Devil Horns" in Ancient Rome was known as simply 4, 54, 400 or 5400 depending on which hand you used and whether your thumb was straight or folded. So yeah this idiot just tried to trademark what was used thousands of years ago.
    I kind of like this guy.  "Get up every morning, let your conscious be your guide." "Do what you want, and the world can take a hike, I'm blessed to be able to do that." "I've certainly been called asshole more than once, starting with my mother." He's outspoken and has said some dumb shit over the years, but most of the things he said in here give some insight into who he is at the core. A fairly humble guy who is cognizant of how lucky he is, and doesn't takes himself seriously, but not too much.
    I seriously wonder how useful his conscience could even be after all these years of being such an arrogant douche. I would be interested to know what that conscience is telling him. lol
    All you guys can hate on him all you want. But like he said, "too rich to care", why should he be anything but what he wants to be? As if we wouldn't be the same.
    Ah yes, money is the true measure of a person and so if you have lots of it it doesn't matter that you're an utter cunt rifle. I will never know what I'd be like with his fortune but I would hope I would try to inspire some good, rather than brag about what copyrights I own.
    That's life, pretty much. The more money you have, the less people you have to give a fuck about. Eventually, you don't have to give a fuck about anyone, except the people who you make even more money from.
    hes such a fuckin tool. Wish he would just shut the fuck up so I would be able to actually enjoy KISS again
    You know, disagree with him all you want, I certainly do, but it takes a lot of balls to just come out and say "Fuck it, I do what I want and I don't regret anything." Especially in today's day and age of demanding apologies from everyone for everything.
     "People said, 'You can't do that.' Actually, bitch - I can. I can do anything I want to do." 
    Calm down Don Jr.
    And it turns out that no he can't. "Devil horns" didn't work out. So anytime he says he can do whatever he wants, someone can always go 'yeaahhh...except trademarking the devil horns thing'
    If I remember the history of the "horns" in question, children used to use it to show dissapproval of something. Then Dio (I believe) made it a rock/metal thing
    i read the articles title and.. i really don't know what i expected wow this guy is a douchebag
    He got it from Spider-Man though, he even claimed that's literally the inspiration for it. I don't follow his logic at all...
    His logic is, "If I do some stupid thing, I can get virtually free publicity". Guy obviously has no problem raping his legacy and credibility for pocket change and a little mention on the news.
    nah , i dont worry for him or for his comments. everyone will get theirs, its a matter of time.