gentlemen, please allow me to nominate two individuals worthy of the title Fool of the Year.
nominee: Gene “Tough Love Gun” Simmons,
bassist for the 70s rock group KISS.
In the days
since Robin Williams' death, the iconic musician and reality TV star spoke about
his lack of tolerance for drug addicts and alcoholics. At this point, he went on to express his
seeming lack of sympathy for those with suicidal ideations. Simmons was quoted in an interview as saying,
“I’m the guy who says jump when there’s a guy on top of a building who
says, ‘That’s it. I’m can’t take it
anymore. I’m going to jump.’”
Now we know
why Simmons pursued a career in show business and not psychiatry. Which reminds me… time for another episode
of Tough Love with Gene Simmons:
Man: "Doc, I’m so depressed. The pressure is too great. I’m thinking about killing myself.”
Simmons: "Here, let me help you. I’ll open my window and you can help
Man: "What? How are you helping me with my depression?"
Simmons: "Believe me, I would love to do more, but my
professional ethic dictates that I can’t actually push you out. By the way, when you do jump, try not to hit
the Beemer. That’s mine.”
explained that his mother survived the concentration camps in Nazi Germany. He
reasons that if she can still get up every morning and face the world after
that experience, then he can’t see why
some 20-something in Seattle wants to end it all. Never mind that the 20-something could be
screwed up because his parents, when
they were his age, pledged undying
allegiance to a music quartet that played heavy loud music and only
appeared in public wearing Kabuki
makeup. Naturally that has nothing to
do with junior’s mental state!
Simmons does have a point: surviving the
most horrifying acts of genocide in human history is a large yardstick to
measure your own travails against. Still,
it should not give people the feeling that they have free license to push
people over the edge into the psychological abyss.
nomination: Ferguson, MO mayor James
Knowles, for his comments on the racial tensions in his town since
African-American teenager Michael Brown was shot to death by a Ferguson police officer
earlier this month. Basically, he’s
adopted the Alfred E. Neuman “What, me worry?” attitude, declaring on national
television, “There’s not a racial divide in Ferguson.”
Okay, so I
guess a shooting of an unarmed teenager in the middle of the day, with
subsequent crowds of people seeking justice via peaceful protests, and after
night falls the criminal element takes advantage of the tense atmosphere and
escalates the protests into violent confrontations with a police force that
suddenly look and act like Nazi storm troopers (there are those damn Nazis
again!) are signs of a typical day in Ferguson???!!!
Knowles? And what else do you do in
Ferguson for shits and giggles?
commentators have been quick to point out Knowles' cluelessness with his town’s
situation. A few blog commentators have
weighed in with their own remembrances of Ferguson’s long standing tradition of
racism. Yet Knowles insists there’s no
Well, we all
know what to do with clueless politicians. Knowles should be voted out of office and put someplace where clueless
politicians have proven to be ineffective for the public good. Yes, we should put James Knowles in Congress,
where we may never hear from him again! YAYYYYYY!!!!
should be cautious of what I wish for…
UPDATE: Knowles' nomination for Fool of the Year has a
better chance now that Simmons has apologized and walked back his alarming
views on mental illness.
for reading! Man: “Doc, you gotta help
me!” Simmons: “What? You still here?”)