Kiss Bassist Simmons Denies Slamming Muslims


Kiss bassist Gene Simmons, who sparked outrage in Australia after
making comments seen as anti-Muslim, said Friday he was speaking only of
''extremists'' and that his remarks were taken out of context.

''I was asked about extremists,'' he said in an interview with The
Associated Press. ''And that's what I was talking about - only extremists.''

Simmons sparked outrage when Kiss toured Australia earlier this month with
comments seen as attacking Islam.

''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,''
Simmons said during an interview on Melbourne's 3AW radio. ''They want to
come and live right where you live and they think that you're evil.''

He also hit Islam as sexist, saying its culture treated women worse than dogs.

''You can send your dog to school to learn tricks, sit, beg, do all that
stuff - none of the women have that advantage,'' the 54-year-old said.

Angry Muslims flooded the radio station with calls, furious over Simmons'
comments..

 


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