Thursday, May 19, 2016
Kiss' Gene Simmons about presidential choices: "Celebrities should shut up and keep it private"
Kiss' Gene Simmons was recently interviewed by The Guardian, you can read some excerpts below.
About if it's correct to say that he will vote for Donald Trump in the upcoming U.S. presidential election, he said: "That's totally inaccurate. I've known the man over the years, but that doesn't mean I'm going to vote for him. To be quite honest, I wish celebrities would shut up: I don't like the idea of celebrities announcing who they're for and not for, because a number of their fans will be voting just because their favourite band said to do so. That takes away the honesty of the democratic process. I'm totally against advertising who I want to vote for, and I haven't made up my mind, quite honestly. Celebrities should shut up and keep it private."
About if he thinks there's a place for artists to speak up over issues such as North Carolina's discrimination law, Gene said: "I do, but that's not a political issue, that's a human rights issue. Discrimination of any kind... Well, I don't agree with Donald Trump on his views on, say, Mexico, I would certainly speak up over the border."