Gene Simmons on Adam Lambert: I Think He Killed His Career

In a recent interview, KISS’s Gene Simmons clarifies some recent statements he’s made on Adam Lambert:

Adam Lambert’s performance with Kiss on ‘American Idol’ was amazing. But I’m a little bummed you’ve been talking smack about him…
I don’t think I’ve been talking smack at all. In fact, if anything, I’ve been soft-peddling. He’s enormously talented, best talent ‘American Idol’ has had, but I think he killed his career because now the conversation is not about his talent but about his sexual preference. He’s done. You’re forcing people to deal with issues they may not be interested in. Life is unfair, and the masses don’t all live in L.A. They live in Wisconsin and Nebraska, and you’re on crack if you think the same rules apply there. My advice is still the same, shut the f*** up, just sing and let people say whatever they want. But I do wish him the best because he’s got all the talent in the world. If only the world was not homophobic, but it is. I would be the first one to vote for equal rights for gay women and men, and get the church and the state to stop telling everybody how to lead their lives, but do I think he’s killed his career? Oh, in an instant. I hope I’m completely wrong. I hope he becomes the next Beatles and proves me wrong.

Eh, I think Simmons head is still stuck in the 70’s. Adam didn’t suddenly spring his sexual preference on America through Rolling Stone magazine–it had been a topic of conversation all throughout the American Idol competition. I think the reaction from America is one, big collective yawn…

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