Gene Simmons has never been known to hold his tongue, and since we all know how famously long it is that would probably be pretty tough to do anyway, right?
But some of the observations that go along with his new book about power and how to get it make you wonder whether he had tucked that tongue into his cheek. Because if he didn’t, we’re so confused.
Talking to the New York Post ahead of the book’s Tuesday debut, Simmons declared that women can’t have it all. It’s either a career or a family, but not both, said the Kiss frontman.
We assume there will be more gems inside “On Power: My Journey Through the Corridors of Power and How You Can Get More Power.”
“Get over your biological urges,” Simmons told the Post. “It’s natural to want to have kids, but, sorry, you can’t have it both ways. You have to commit to either career or family. It’s very difficult to have both.”
But wait. He’s not done doling out advice to the ladies. Chests out, girls! Sex is the real key to your power. Those double-Ds could earn you a mansion, he says.
“Women have a choice,” Simmons told the Post. “They can dress in potato sacks, (but) as soon as they pretty themselves up with lipstick, lift and separate them and point them in our general direction, they’re gonna get a response. Guys are jackasses — we will buy them mansions and houses all because of sex.”
Simmons, born in Israel, grew up so poor in New York that his family re-used rags for toilet paper, he said. Before he became famous with Kiss, one of his jobs was teaching sixth grade in East Harlem. Beverly Hills is home now. The band and his business ventures make him worth an estimated $300 million, according to some estimates.
“A lot of people who go to Harvard business school should emulate the Kardashians. They have been able to access power by doing nothing. By having no recognizable talent of any kind, on any level. Not being particularly well read or incisive, politically or economically, or otherwise,” he told Money magazine.
“But they understand the nature of modern celebrity itself, which is our royalty. I would have Kardashian studies in colleges. How do you use media, for free, to advance your own brand?”
The New York Daily News called the book a politically incorrect self-help book.
People on Twitter offered their own thoughts, but “narcissistic Neanderthal” is one of the least offensive we can quote here.
Doesn’t matter. Simmons doesn’t “give a f* what anyone thinks,” he told the Post.