Gene Simmons of KISS on Quarantine: 'We Should All Shut Up and Get Over Ourselves'

The 'God of Thunder' singer says God wants us to stay home

April 8, 2020

Gene Simmons wants to give people a history lesson.

The KISS frontman was a guest on TMZ Live and used the opportunity to try and put the current quarantine situation in perspective by comparing it to World War II. “Look, not too long ago our grandparents were asked to go fight a war overseas, a war they had nothing to do with,” Simmons said.

“50 million deaths resulted in World War II and your grandparents gave, many times, the ultimate sacrifice.”

Simmons came in low on the total number of deaths as it’s estimated 75 million people lost their lives in World War II.

He continued, “while you’re busy eating your pizzas and your burgers and all that stuff, there are people who are risking their lives to bring food to you at home.”

“What are we complaining about? You get to stay home and do nothing while people are risking their lives to make your life more comfortable.”

Simmons also had strong words for those defying social distancing measures by gathering at religious institutions. “The well-meaning religious people who hold religious stuff, it’s like you’re not listening to the same God I am. God is saying, ‘Stay home! Don't go to church!’”

For as much as it appears Simmons is scolding and chiding the public, he’s optimistic about the future. “This will get better, I promise you,” he said.

“Take my word for it, okay? I’m betting our scientists, and yes, even the politicians in Washington D.C., it’s all gonna work out. Just take it easy, respect your neighbor.”

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