Even when it seems everyone is opposed to something as awful as Donald Sterling&rsquos racist rant, everyone isn&rsquot always on the same page. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, KISS' Gene Simmons expressed his support for the former Los Angeles Clippers owner.
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In doing press for the new AMC series 4th and Loud &mdash about the KISS-branded Arena Football League team L.A. Kiss &mdash Simmons was asked if he had followed the Sterling incident.
&ldquoI'm on the side of Don Sterling,&rdquo he replied, before his position was even asked. Although he admits that Sterling is &ldquoheinous,&rdquo he opines that he should have been let off with a fine, since the rant occurred in private.
He goes on to insinuate that all people make racist rants or off-color jokes in private: &ldquoBecause you say an off-color joke or make a racist rant privately, that causes you to lose a job &mdash nobody would have a job!&rdquo
To prove his point, he offered a slippery-slope argument. &ldquoThey&rsquore going to go after Sterling, and he&rsquos going to put a few million dollars out there because he can afford it &mdash and he&rsquos going to ask the paparazzi out there to find videos of all the other team members talking trash and racist rants.&rdquo
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And finally, Simmons linked a loss of privacy to Sterling&rsquos fate: &ldquoI&rsquom on the side of free speech in the privacy of your own home or privacy of the situation. Big brother has finally crawled in bed with us.&rdquo
Surprisingly, Simmons claimed earlier in the interview that he supported changing the name of NFL&rsquos Washington Redskins. However, these views apparently did not cross over.
This article originally appeared on Billboard.com.