Gene Simmons says Adam Lambert “killed his career” by coming out

KISS’ Gene Simmons, who previously said American Idol 8 runner-up Adam Lambert should “shut up” about being gay, has gone even further, saying that Adam should now “shut the fuck up” because “he’s killed his career” by talking about being gay. In his latest look-at-me interview, Gene makes it clear that he’s not homophobic but is worried about the response of homophobic people to Adam, which is nice but still makes him seem like the washed-up rock star trying to tie himself to the future rock star. Anyway, here’s what Gene told AOL:

“I don’t think I’ve been talking smack at all. In fact, if anything, I’ve been soft-peddling. He’s enormously talented, best talent ‘American Idol’ has had, but I think he killed his career because now the conversation is not about his talent but about his sexual preference. He’s done. You’re forcing people to deal with issues they may not be interested in. Life is unfair, and the masses don’t all live in L.A. They live in Wisconsin and Nebraska, and you’re on crack if you think the same rules apply there. My advice is still the same, shut the fuck up, just sing and let people say whatever they want. But I do wish him the best because he’s got all the talent in the world. If only the world was not homophobic, but it is. I would be the first one to vote for equal rights for gay women and men, and get the church and the state to stop telling everybody how to lead their lives, but do I think he’s killed his career? Oh, in an instant. I hope I’m completely wrong. I hope he becomes the next Beatles and proves me wrong.”

Gene Simmons Talks ‘Family Jewels’ and ‘American Idol’ Alum Adam Lambert [AOL]

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