Gene-Simmons400 KISS bassist and frontman Gene Simmons spoke with the Huffington Post Live where gave a few blunt tips to fellow immigrants. He insists that they must “learn to speak goddamn English” if they want to make it in America. See the video below.

56 years ago, Israeli-born Simmons immigrated to the US with his mother, and felt no need for any sort of political correctness in his explanation.

“I was welcomed by America and its people and given all the advantages of native-born children,” Simmons stated. “Which is astonishing, when you think about it, because in other countries, they would have ground me up and put me in a can of dog food. And in America I could think what I wanted to think, do as I pleased and reach for the stars.”

Getting down to specific tips, Simmons noted that a simple guideline needs to be followed. “Get rid of your accent; I did. Be a legal immigrant; I’m a legal immigrant. Come to the country, just buckle your knees a little bit, make the effort to learn the culture, assimilate to the point that you can. You’re all proud of who you are, where you come from … Great. Whatever you’re proud of, just tip your hat to America, which is the melting pot and makes it all possible. Agree to one culture that we can all communicate with and then go off and speak Swahili and Farsi and whatever you wanna talk.

I’m actually saying the thing that needs to be said, ’cause the politically correct climate is bulls–t. You don’t want to upset anybody by saying, ‘Learn to speak goddamn English.’ So, as an immigrant, I’m telling you: learn to speak goddamn English. It is the key that will unlock the keys to the kingdom.”

Also, an odd thing happened during the chat, as the interview got hijacked by the Black Lips, demanding the surrender of the KISS army. “Mr. Simmons! We’re here to tell you that the day of misogynistic, sexist rock ‘n’ roll is over! We call for the complete and utter surrender of the KISS Army. Lay down your guitars! Do you accept our terms of surrender?” the band shouted.

Gene didn’t hesitate to strike back, saying, “Yes. I surrender entirely. And I wanted to compliment your mom for the wonderful way that she designed the decorations in the basement that she lets you live in. I think it’s very attractive. I hope you get to leave your mom’s basement soon. Remember: Learn to speak English. Good education, that will help. I did it, you can too.”

After being told that the Black Lips and not merely three random guys wearing makeup and living in their mom’s basement, Simmons asked, “But they’re not black, what are they – racist? Why are they calling themselves ‘black?'”

source: ultimate-guitar.com

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  • Torpedo Guy on

    Gene, press 2 for Spanish…..

  • Scott on

    Well said Gene. I agree with him. My grandparents all came from Europe during and before WWII and they all learned to speak English. This country on a whole is too worried if they will offend someone by what they say. Someone gets offended you say sorry that offended you, but that is how I feel. Move on.

  • Brendan on

    I can’t believe it ! Gene actually said something I agree with !

  • Charlie C on

    I guess he has some point but still those platform demon boots still wind up in his mouth

  • Frank Smith on

    Glad you corrected the story even if you wouldn’t post my comment.

    • Dana on


      Once the correction is made, on a story I didn’t write, I am not required to post the comments. Yours is not the only one I deleted, btw. However, in full disclosure, it was the rudest.

      Also, please don’t write me back here. You seem to have an ongoing “issue” with me, so I suggest you take it off the site. Thanks.

      Dana from ET.com 🙂

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