Kiss bassist lets fly on Melbourne radio station, promptly cops flack from the usual suspects
Gene Simmons calls Muslims ‘vile’
After sparking outrage with anti-Islam comments on Melbourne radio station, Israeli-born musician explains he was specifically referring to ‘extremists’–Â Ashley Baylen/Y-Net
Legendary rock legend Gene Simmons sparked outrage in Australia earlier this month when he made anti-Muslim comments on a Melbourne radio station.
“This is a vile culture and if you think for a second that it’s willing to just live in the sands of God’s armpit, you’ve got another thing coming,” the Israeli-born musician said on Melbourne’s 3AW radio.
“They want to come and live right where you live and they think that you’re evil. Extremism believes that it’s okay to strap bombs onto your children and send them to paradise and whatever else and to behead people,” he continued.
The Kiss bassist, who was in Australia on tour, continued on his anti-Muslim rant for over a minute stating that dogs were treated better than Muslim women, and insinuating that the West was under threat.
“Your dog, however, can walk side by side, your dog is allowed to have its own dog house… You can send your dog to school to learn tricks, sit, beg, do all that stuff – none of the women have that advantage,” Simmons stated.
Simmons said that the United Nations approach was not effective, suggesting that the West had to “speak softly and carry a big stick.”
Simmons has since defended his comments, stating “I was asked about extremists, and that’s what I was talking about – only extremists.”
‘Offensive, inaccurate comments’
His apology has not satisfied the Australian Muslim community, however. After Simmons appeared on the radio show, 3AW fielded calls from several angry listeners. One of those callers was Australian Muslim of the year, Susan Carland.
Note that she got nothing better to do than prick up her ears all day and listen in on “offensive comments”
Carland explained that Australians Muslims rejected extremism and did not fit Simmons unfortunate stereotype, claiming that she holds two degrees and “certainly do not walk behind my husband.”
Cartland Â is an Aussie Mustart who has it both ways. Fortunately for her she didn’t ‘chose’ to live in Egypt, where her daughter would be already sexually mutilated and she would be raped if she walked on Tahrir square on her own.
Another notable caller was Chairman of the Islamic Council of Victoria Yasser Soliman, who worried about Simmons cultural influence.
“He’s very famous obviously and popular and, as a result, influential,” he said. “Mixing the entertainment world with the political and religious world is a minefield.”
“I think it would be good for overseas speakers and commentators to be given some sort of advice in regards to our vilification laws here,” he said.
We have to get rid of Victoria’s vilification laws. They are a stain on Australia.
“They leave and go back to where they arrived from, but they leave behind a big mess that we have to live with.”
Trouble is that Koranimals make a big mess and leave it for us to clean up, on the double.
Soliman also noted that Simmons comments were not only offensive, but also inaccurate.
“A number of his claims regarding women and what they are allowed to do and not do are wrong – Islam teaches the opposite,” he said.
When their lips move they lie.Â
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