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Posted on Aug 13, 2014 11:12 am
KISS bassist Gene Simmons decided to give a few blunt tips to fellow immigrants, insisting they must "learn to speak goddamn English" if they want to make it in the States.
56 years ago, Israeli-born Simmons immigrated to the US with his mother, and felt no need for any sort of political correctness in his explanation.
"I was welcomed by America and its people and given all the advantages of native-born children," Gene kicked off. "Which is astonishing, when you think about it, because in other countries, they would have ground me up and put me in a can of dog food. And in America I could think what I wanted to think, do as I pleased and reach for the stars."
Getting down to specific tips, Simmons noted that a simple guideline needs to be followed. "Get rid of your accent; I did. Be a legal immigrant; I'm a legal immigrant. Come to the country, just buckle your knees a little bit, make the effort to learn the culture, assimilate to the point that you can," he said.
"You're all proud of who you are, where you come from ... Great. Whatever you're proud of, just tip your hat to America, which is the melting pot and makes it all possible. Agree to one culture that we can all communicate with and then go off and speak Swahili and Farsi and whatever you wanna talk.
"I'm actually saying the thing that needs to be said, 'cause the politically correct climate is bulls--t. You don't want to upset anybody by saying, 'Learn to speak goddamn English.' So, as an immigrant, I'm telling you: learn to speak goddamn English. It is the key that will unlock the keys to the kingdom."
Also, an odd thing happened during the chat, as the interview got hijacked by the Black Keys, demanding the surrender of the KISS army. "Mr. Simmons! We're here to tell you that the day of misogynistic, sexist rock 'n' roll is over! We call for the complete and utter surrender of the KISS Army. Lay down your guitars! Do you accept our terms of surrender?" the band shouted.
Gene didn't hesitate to strike back, saying, "Yes. I surrender entirely. And I wanted to compliment your mom for the wonderful way that she designed the decorations in the basement that she lets you live in. I think it's very attractive. I hope you get to leave your mom's basement soon. Remember: Learn to speak English. Good education, that will help. I did it, you can too."
After being told that the Black Keys and not merely three random guys wearing makeup and living in their mom's basement, Simmons asked, "But they're not black, what are they - racist? Why are they calling themselves 'black?'"