Written by Gayne C. Young on August 12, 2014

KISS founder and all around bad ass Gene Simmons has some advice for immigrants to the US: “‘Learn to speak goddamn English.”

Simmons, whose real name is Chaim Witz, says he can say this because he’s done so himself. He legally immigrated to the US from Israel with his parents when he was eight years old. In the 56 years since, Simmons started one of the best-known bands in the world, acted in numerous films and television shows, and made millions upon millions of dollars. Simmons said the key to all this was moving to the US, assimilating, and learning English.

“I’m actually saying the thing that needs to be said because the politically-correct climate is bullshit,” Simmons told Hufffington Post reporter Ricky Camilleri. “You don’t want to upset anybody by saying, ‘Learn to speak goddamn English.’ So, as an immigrant, I’m telling you: learn to speak goddamn English. It is the key that will unlock the keys to the kingdom.”

When pressed on the subject by Camilleri, Simmons clarified his opinion once more. “How about this: if Siri can’t understand you, you’re in trouble,” Simmons said.

The man with the extremely long tongue has spoken.

Watch the interview at Huffington Post


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