In a new interview with the San Diego Union Tribune (via Blabbermouth), KISS's Gene Simmons has stated that he is proud to be in the top one percent of American wealth and that he believes the one per cent is necessary for the American economy:
"I have been part of the [top] one percent [of Americans in terms of wealth] for the past 30 years, [and] it's fantastic!" he said. "The one percent pays 80 percent of all taxes. Fifty percent of the population of the US pays no taxes. The one percent provides all the jobs for everybody else. If the one percent didn't exist, there would be chaos and the American economy would drop dead."
"Try being nice to rich people. I don't remember the last poor person who gave me a job."
He also responded to claims that he shamelessly flaunted his wealth:
"You know how I spell shameless? P-r-o-u-d.
"People often confuse, at least in my estimation, my pride and self-confidence with arrogance. Because they are not used to people who have an in-your-face, 'take it or leave it/this is how I am' point of view. I'm more like an animal in the jungle that [urinates] on the ground and doesn't ask your permission. 'This is me, this is my territory.' It's simply defining who I am and what I stand for.
"That's called full disclosure, before the facts. Others simply hold their opinions to themselves and never say who they are you. You will always know who I am. You don't have to like it; that's OK if you don't."