Gene Simmons kommentoi kohulausuntoaan

Tiedotusvälineet ovat viime päivinä kohisseet Kiss-legenda Gene Simmonsin haastattelulausunnoista, joissa hän ei juurikaan osoita sympatiaa muun muassa masennuksesta kärsiviä kohtaan. Lisää aiheesta täällä.

Simmons on nyt kommentoinut aihetta Facebook-sivullaan. Mies ei varsinaisesti pahoittele sanomisiaan vaan pikemminkin hän syyttää mediaa sanojensa vääristelemisestä. No, kukin voi tehdä tapauksesta omat tulkintansa, mutta basistilaulaja kirjoittaa joka tapauksessa nyt seuraavasti:

”Depression is very serious and very sad when it happens to anyone, especially loved ones. I have not commented on various allegations made in the media, but I want to make this statement for the record and to clarify.

I deeply support and am empathetic to anyone suffering from any disease, especially depression. I have never sugarcoated my feelings regarding drug use and alcoholics. Somewhere along the line, my intentions in speaking very directly and perhaps politically incorrectly about drug use and alcoholics have been misconstrued as vile commentary on depression.

Unkind statements about depression was certainly never my intention. And I do not intend to defend myself here and now by listing the myriad charities and self-help organizations I am involved with.

This is not about me. This is about clearing up misconceptions and being clear. My heart goes out to anyone suffering from depression.”