I’ve watched a grand total of about 10 minutes of “Gene Simmons Family Jewels,” a self-indulgent crap-trap of poor (and poorly staged) “reality TV cliches. On it, Gene brags about his Playmate wife and his virtual contempt for anyone who doesn’t live the rock star existence. It might as well be called “Lifestyles of the Nouveau Riche and Nauseating.” Point is, Gene is hardly one to talk about public image.
So I was pretty frickin’ irritated to read an interview with Gene where he gives career advice to Adam Lambert â€” and basically disses him for coming out:
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 [Gene’s word; emphasis mine]. 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.
Now, let me get this straight â€” a word Gene would probably love. Lambert is THE MOST TALENTED SINGER EVER on “American Idol”… but his career is DEFINITELY OVER because he came out…. because middle America isn’t ready, in 2009, for a gay pop singer. This coming form a man who hasn’t had a top 100 hit since the Carter Administration… and got it by playing dress-up, wearing makeup and spitting blood. I guess Nebraska was ready for THAT 30 years ago, but not Adam today.
Forget K.D. Lang. Forget Melissa Etheridge. Or Tammy Baldwin (from Wisconsin, by the way, Gene). No, Gene Simmons, spokesman for family values, doesn’t thing Adam Lambert can get arrested in an airport Courtyard by Marriott because he came out.
Then Gene feeds us the usual bullshit â€” “It’s not ME who’s a bigot, it’s everyone else!” Please, Gene. You wouldn’t know a hit if you wrote one (which you haven’t since I was in grammar school), yet you offer career advice based on image? When you’re relevant again, let’s talk. I won’t wait up.