GENE SIMMONS Denies Being Anti-MuslimMay 28, 2004
Seven.com.au is reporting that KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons, who sparked outrage in Australia recently when he made comments seen as anti-Muslim, said he was speaking only of "extremists" and his remarks were taken out of context.
"I was asked about extremists, 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.
KISS began a five-concert tour of Japan this week, and are due to kick off a U.S. tour in Texas on June 10.
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