Gene Simmons tells depression sufferers: ‘F*** You! Kill Yourself’
Reacting to Simmons’ comments, Head of Triple M, Mike Fitzpatrick, has removed all Kiss tracks from Triple M’s nationwide playlist.
Fitzpatrick said on the Triple M website:
According to the article on the website, the Kiss bassist “dismissed depression as a mental disorder in an article with Songfacts.com. One in eight Australian men experience depression and mental health issues have been particularly highlighted this week in the aftermath of Robin Williams’ tragic death.”
The specific comments about depression were made about former members of the Kiss band. When asked if he still gets along with the original band members, Simmons told songfacts:
Simmons has been labelled a hypocrite after he tweeted, ‘R.I.P. Robin Williams. A kind and generous man’, in the wake of the actor’s tragic death this week.
The article explaining the ban reminds the Triple M audience that “Australia has a tragically high suicide rate, with suicide killing three times more Australian males aged between 15 and 45 than all car accidents combined,” and refers readers who need assistance to Beyond Blue at www.beyondblue.org.au or 1300 22 4636.
With the songs now removed from the playlist, Triple M announcers will not have to mention the name of the band that is also the name of a rival station in Sydney.