Gun Shy Fox News Bans Gene Simmons From Its Property. Forever. [VIDEO]

Gun Shy Fox News Bans Gene Simmons From Its Property. Forever. [VIDEO]

Gun Shy Fox News Bans Gene Simmons From Its Property. Forever. [VIDEO]

My poor husband.

When he was a college student in the late 1970’s, he was a big KISS fan. He attended some KISS concerts, and once went to a Halloween party dressed as KISS guitarist Paul Stanley, complete with star makeup and platform shoes. Since he’s 6’4″, he was, let’s say, outstanding at that party.

He also loved the Beatles, Queen, and David Bowie. But now Bowie and Queen frontman Freddie Mercury are dead, as well as his favorite Beatle, George Harrison.

So are frontman Gene Simmons’s appearances on Fox News. They’re dead too. The network just permanently banned him from setting foot on Fox property ever again.

Simmons in the old KISS days.

It wasn’t because of anything he said on air. On his final interview with Maria Bartiromo on Fox Business, Simmons promoted himself and his book, kind of like a rock n’ roll Donald Trump. He’s pretty shameless about his self-promotion, too. For example, he recently tried to trademark the ASL sign for “I love you,” since it sort of looks like rock n’ roll horns. It takes a lot of chutzpah to try to pull off that stunt.

However, his comments on the sexual imbroglios infesting Hollywood and DC are just plain common sense. And he loves capitalism, too.

But, rockers gonna rock, I guess. After the taping, Simmons burst into a Fox staff meeting, unbuttoned his shirt, and yelled, “Hey chicks, sue me!” He made Michael Jackson pedophilia wisecracks. Then he took a copy of his book and bopped some employees on their heads, making comments about their intelligence in a weird sort of Little Bunny Foo Foo IQ test.

Maybe he thought he was being funny, but the Fox News big wigs didn’t think so. They heard about Simmons’s antics and barred him from the building, imposing a lifetime ban on any future appearances.

Is a lifetime ban for Simmons a bit too much? I think it’s pretty draconian — unless he’s been problematic in the past — and I’ve never been a KISS or Gene Simmons fan. After all, how did the Fox suits think a hard rocker like Simmons could act, even at 68? They invited him and his outsized personality on their shows, after all. But, with the quagmire that Fox News went through with Roger Ailes, Bill O’Reilly, and a whole lotta sexual harassment accusations, the network is gun-shy. They don’t need more lawsuits popping up and their name being dragged through the mud again.

Ah, but Simmons is a resilient enough huckster and will land on his feet. Meanwhile, my husband will just have to settle for listening to KISS oldies on his playlist.

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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!

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