Gene Simmons was the guest on HuffPost Live yesterday and did a live Q&A with online viewers. The Black Lips called in via webcam covered in black-and-white face paint a la KISS and mocked the singer. Band member Jack Hines said, “We’re here to tell you that the day of misogynistic, sexist rock’n'roll is over! We call for the complete and utter surrender of the Kiss Army. Lay down your guitars! Do you accept our terms of surrender?” Simmons looked pretty confused and came back with this retort: “Yes. I surrender entirely. And I wanted to compliment your mom for the wonderful way that she designed the decoration on the basement she lets you live in. I think it’s very attractive. I hope you get to leave your mom’s basement soon. Remember: learn to speak English.” When the host told Simmons that the Black Lips were a successful rock band, he replied: “But they’re not black. What are they? Racist? Why are they calling themselves black?” The Black Lips haven’t commented on what their video was a reaction to but earlier in the same show Simmons, who moved to the US from Israel when he was eight, made some remarks on immigration that pretty much boiled down to, “Learn to speak goddamn English.” Watch video below.
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