May 18, 2013.
After sparking outrage with anti-Islam comments on Melbourne radio station, Israeli-born musician explains he was specifically referring to 'extremists'
Legendary rock legend Gene Simmons sparked outrage in Australia earlier this month when he made anti-Muslim comments on a Melbourne radio station.Read the rest here.
“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.”
Comment: I have never listened to anything by Kiss but like most folks of my generation I would recognize Gene Simmons with his trademark face paint and disgusting tongue hanging out of his grill just about anywhere.
That this over-the-hill geezer thinks Muslims are "vile" is laughable given his less than savory reputation - and I am not just referring to the apologist role he plays for Israel.
But it is in the details that stories like this tell of a steady dehumanization of Muslims that has taken root in diverse sectors of Western society.
Gene Simmons is not alone by far. He even has his supporters crawling out of the woodwork in the comments published below the post above.
We should be paying attention and resisting nonetheless.