KISS' Gene Simmons on the unvaccinated: 'I’m not worried if an idiot gets COVID and dies'

'There are so many cases of people who were deniers and who are begging in the hospital to get the vaccine. But it’s too late'
Gene Simmons of Kiss
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KISS bassist Gene Simmons, always one to make his views known whether you like them or not, has laid out his thoughts on vaccines and the "idiots" who refuse to take them.

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“My druthers would be that everybody is mandated to get vaccines,” Simmons tells UCR in a new interview. “I hope everybody is going to be wearing their masks. But we can only control what we can control and different states and different countries have different rules.”

KISS is about to hit the road once again on their End of the Road tour on August 18 with dates scheduled into 2022, but there will be some changes made to their program in light of the ongoing pandemic. Meeting the band, for instance, has been eliminated, causing a hit to their wallets in the process. “Backstage, we’re not doing any meet and greets. Obviously, we’re giving up a pretty penny, because fans pay a premium to come up and take photos and stuff. That’s gone,” Simmons explained.

“We are not allowing roadies or anybody else to be anywhere backstage unless they’re vaccinated and the masks are on the whole time," Simmons added. Regarding the anti-vaxxer stance of, “'I have my rights, don’t tell me what to do,'" SImmons says he finds that "curious, because you do not have the right to drive down the highway in a car without a seatbelt. You must stop at a red light. That’s not a right you have,” he says. “And you don’t have the right to walk naked down the street. These are not life-threatening ideas. We’re talking about a f***in’ pandemic and people are fighting it.”

“I blame our former president," his former Celebrity Apprentice co-star Donald Trump, Simmons says pointedly. "I knew the man before he entered politics. But he got vaccinated and so have most of the other party.”

Aware of the abrasiveness of his next statement, he continued, “I’m not worried -- and it’s unkind to say this -- I’m not worried if an idiot gets COVID and dies,” Simmons said. “I’m worried he takes other people with him. Who didn’t have a choice. It doesn’t have to be death. Being in a hospital is horrific. There are so many cases of people who were deniers and who are begging in the hospital to get the vaccine. But it’s too late.”

Speaking on the Jeremy White Podcast last month, Simmons had similar words for the non-vaxxed, saying "Believe what you want, but don't hang out around me. Okay? If you're a denier, stay in the shadows. I don't wanna be around you. 'Cause I don't wanna catch what you've got. It's not about you. It's not whether you believe it or not." Adding, "When you sneeze, you put your hand over your mouth. If your dog poops on the ground, you'll pick it up. But you won't pick up a mask?"

Simmons is not the only celebrity who has been speaking openly about the dangers and irresponsibility of not receiving a vaccine, especially during an ongoing pandemic.

Following guitar icon Eric Clapton's public statement against venues requiring vaccination in order for attendees to gain entry, Queen guitarist Dr. Brian May said, “He’s a person who thinks it’s OK to shoot animals for fun, so we have our disagreements, but I would never stop respecting the man.” May added, “Anti-vax people, I’m sorry, I think they’re fruitcakes. There’s plenty of evidence to show that vaccination helps. On the whole they’ve been very safe. There’s always going to be some side effect in any drug you take, but to go around saying vaccines are a plot to kill you, I’m sorry, that goes in the fruitcake jar for me.”

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