There aren't too many people who have voiced their support in favor of Donald Sterling in the wake of his explosive remarks caught on tape. But count KISS star Gene Simmons among the few who actually side with the controversial owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.
In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, Simmons, who co-owns the L.A. Kiss of the Arena Football League, had the following to say when asked about the Sterling story.
I’m on the side of Don Sterling.
I’m on Mel Gibson’s side, Don Sterling’s side and anybody who has a racist or an expletive rant privately. The difference between this guy, who’s heinous of course, or anybody else is that they were caught. Everybody [says] jokes that are off- color, or when they’re drunk. The difference between Sterling and everyone else is that he was caught on camera, by the way, without his approval. He was ambushed. I think he should have done penance and paid a fine. Here’s what’s going to happen. They’re going to go after Sterling and he’s going to put a few million dollars out there, because he can afford it – and he’s going to ask the paparazzi out there to find videos of all the other team members talking trash and racist rants. And then it’s open season. And if, because you say an off color joke or make a racist rant privately, that causes you to lose a job – nobody would have a job! Black people do it, Jews do it, Christians do it – everybody does it! It’s called America. Free speech. Even if free speech insults other people. Privately. Publicly, that’s different. I’m on the side of free speech in the privacy of your own home or privacy of the situation. Big brother has finally crawled in bed with us.
Read more on what Simmons had to say on topics ranging from using the Redskins nickname and hackers right here on the WSJ website.