Gene Simmons of KISS has been called many things over his illustrious career, from the Demon of rock and roll to, well, an Assh*le. Today, the God of Thunder is being lauded as a public health advocate for imploring friends, foes, and fans alike to protect themselves during the current pandemic.
Simmons has taken to Twitter to encourage his almost 900,000 followers to follow safety guidelines by wearing face masks in public. The more the rocker shares tweets talking about the benefits of mask-wearing to slow the spread of COVID-19, the more people are barraging him with counter-arguments.
What kicked off the conversation was someone criticizing Simmons for hawking KISS face masks on the site. He pointed out that the masks are being sold for charity. As more people chimed in to claim that cloth masks don't work, Simmons responded in a surprisingly clam and factual matter.
I wish you good health, despite your point of view. Please wear a mask, to prevent your cough, sneeze or other, from infecting people. Be safe, not sorry. https://t.co/DAsIu7WP9u— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) May 3, 2020
Some of you believe masks do nothing. False! Even covering your mouth when you sneeze with your HAND (much less a cloth mask) helps cut down germs. DO YOUR RESEARCH. Don’t talk out of your ass, Brett...Respectfully. https://t.co/VD2o3xrTvv— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) May 3, 2020
This has nothing to do with mansions. Cut it out. Just wear masks, to prevent other people from getting whatever it is you may have. And stop the blame game. This affects everyone of us. You and I. Cut it out. https://t.co/97jrjWqPBK— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) May 3, 2020
The rock legend even offered up some personal information, sharing that he survived a bout of polio as a kid, which was its own global pandemic back in the early 1950s.
When I was 3 yrs old, I came down with POLIO in 1952. It was a worldwide pandemic. I survived...The present day lunacy of pandemic deniers, will result in death, for many of them...Wear masks. Wash your hands. Whenever you can. Wherever you can. https://t.co/Z4wIsEiXCb— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) May 3, 2020
Simmons continued to fight in the name of health, asking people to look out for one another in the name of kindness. Imagine that.
Jessie, I know you mean well, but you are uninformed. You may not have any symptoms, and still have COVID-19. Wearing a mask is not about you. Wearing a mask protects other people FROM you. Be kind. Do it for everyone else. https://t.co/XxaxVQ12ox— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) May 4, 2020
Most recently, he shared the news regarding the founder of the "ReOpen" movement testing positive for COVID-19, encouraging fans to "Hang in there. Be safe. Wear masks in public. We WILL see you when this storm passes."
Sorry to report: Founder of ReOpen Movement Who Refused Masks, Tests Positive for Coronavirus https://t.co/MMnzoQNtuG— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) June 27, 2020