I feel Ace Frehley’s pain. Gene Simmons, since revealing that he is Jewish; has taken to playing the Semite card….alot.
An excerpt from an interview:
Paul’s book recently came out. Have you read any of it?
I haven’t read it, but I’m sure he threw me under the bus in one way or another. [Laughs] Although I heard he threw Gene under the bus more than anyone.
Apparently he thinks you and Peter are anti-Semitic.
That’s absurd. I’m engaged to a Jewish lady! I’ve been with her for five years. Her name is Rachael Gordon and she’s a singer-songwriter. I met her in San Diego on my 2008 tour. And my whole life I’ve been in the music business. You know the music business is controlled by Jewish people: My attorney, my accountant—everybody’s Jewish. [Laughs] I’m anti-Semitic? Are you out of your mind? You know what the problem is? Paul’s cranky because he can’t call me a drunk or a drug addict anymore. He can’t say I’m unemployable. He can’t say I don’t show up, because I do these days. So now he’s grasping at straws just to grab headlines for his goddamn book.
What killed KISS was the overmarketing of KISS by Gene Simmons (or should I call him Chaim Witz?) and because of Gene’s outspoken Conservative politics. The majority of KISS fans could give two flips about politics, Israel or anything else related. It is too bad that ol’ Chaim turned KISS into his own personal diamond mine and political bully pulpit. For all the controversial imagery in that group; there were some seriously good tunes written by that band — especially in the early years.
I know how Ace Frehley feels. I was basically blackballed by the neoconservative blogosphere; because I did not go along with the hive mind mentality, when it comes to Israel, in the Conservative blogosphere. I also have been called a racist by the same people, because I simply will not buy into the idea of multiculturalism. Which is, for what it is worth; progressive code words for being ashamed that you are a white person.
Anyhow, it is a shame that Simmons would stoop to such tactics against former band mates. But, it is to be expect by those who are a protected minority and seem to believe that they are entitled to some sort of special treatment. The funny thing is that Republicans will fall all over themselves to decry blacks who demand such treatment; but you dare let someone question the same treatment of Jews — and quickly those people are branded haters, by the same very people. It is a sad double standard in Conservative and Republican politics.