July 18, 2011, - 5:02 pm
Recently, KISS’ Gene Simmons visited Israel and got a ton of accolades from pro-Israel forces. But why did it take Simmons more than half a century to visit Israel? It’s not like he couldn’t afford it. It’s not like other rock groups and pop acts haven’t performed in Israel, which needs the business and the good will. And they’ve done so in the midst of lefty outrage and terrorist threats. Heck, Madonna and Elton John are better “Jews” and anti-jihad Westerners than Simmons in this respect. He stayed away by design.
Gene Simmons: Not Exactly Israel’s Greatest Export
Although I’ve quoted him on this site many times, I’m not exactly the biggest fan of Simmons a/k/a Chaim Witz a/k/a Chaim Weitz (pronounced, “Vightz”) of KISS fame. It’s mostly because he’s lived and continues to live a vile, sleazy lifestyle. (And don’t forget his absurd facelift on TV.) And also because he’s all over the map (like when he said, “Osama Bin Laden is not good, he’s not bad,” or when he said “women are much smarter than men,” which ain’t borne out by IQ tests, surveys, or the female bim he’s lived with for years, though she’s finally seen the light, it appears). Sometimes, he’s spot on, and at other times he’s moronic. The guy admits he voted for Barack Obama but claims he didn’t realize what he was getting. Um, he never heard of Jeremiah Wright? Rashid Khalidi? Edward Said? Moron. Plus, I don’t take political direction or advice from rock stars, something that Simmons once agreed with but then didn’t take his own advice.
Gene Simmons in 1997:
We don’t comment on whales and the rain forest. We don’t try to be ambassadors to Bosnia. Duh. You need a rock star for that? Some idiot who couldn’t tune a guitar six months ago is now an environmental specialist? I blame media for giving rock stars more credence than they deserve. Why don’t they ask Al Gore how to play bass?
Gene Simmons in November 2001, less than a month after Bin Laden’s henchmen perpetrated the 9/11 attacks, murdering 3,000 Americans:
At the end of the day, this guy Bin Laden, he’s not evil. He’s not good, he’s not evil.
Not evil?! HUH? If you don’t think Bin Laden is evil for murdering 3,000 Americans, how exactly can you think HAMAS is evil for similarly murdering many innocent civilians? Idiotic.
Simmons also said,
“Islam,” by definition, means “peace.”
Uh, no, it doesn’t. It means “submission.” And when Simmons said this, he went on to attack Christianity for the Crusades, which happened how many centuries ago? That justifies attacks on the WTC in 2001 by Muslims because . . . ? (FYI, the Muslims–most notably, the Al-Mohad Muslims–had their own crusades, and forcibly converted hundreds of thousands, and maybe millions, of Jews and Christians to Islam.)
So, it’s in this light (or, rather, darkness), that I see Gene Simmons. On “Gene Simmons Family Jewels,” he portrayed his visit to Israel for the first time in over 50 years. While it’s touching to see him visit his late father, Yechiel Weitz’s grave, you have to wonder why this multi-millionaire playboy couldn’t take a single week out of his life to visit his father at any time in half a century, especially when his father was dying. There’s something truly wrong with that, even if the father left him and his mother when he was a kid, as Simmons claims. He did send him some money on which to live. I also don’t understand why a wealthy, famous pro-Israel Jew could speak so loudly in favor of Israel, yet never once go to Israel to perform with his famous rock group, while so many others, like Elton John and Madonna, who are not Jewish (despite Madonna pretending she is), have come to show their support for the Jewish State in these tough times. Talk is cheap, Gene. And apparently his vote is, too, since he clearly didn’t do the most minimal bit of research when he voted for Obama.
What do you think is going on with this guy? Watch the video. And then watch his response to Obama on the ’67 borders, in which he admits that he voted for Obama, but blasts him.