In a brand new interview with Yahoo! Music, KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons, who competed in Donald Trump‘s “The Celebrity Apprentice” in 2007, once again praised his former boss for transforming American politics but stopped short of formally endorsing him in the White House race.
“What you see is what you get,” Gene said. “He has no filter. I knew him before ‘Celebrity Apprentice’, privately in clubs and in social situations. He’s the same guy. Some people like it, some people don’t. But he is the same guy. I’m not going to say if I think that’s good or bad.”
Simmons also slammed artists who insert themselves into politics, believing they can sway people into believing and voting as they would.
“They should all shut their pieholes,” Gene said. “I really believe democracy doesn’t work well when celebrities butt their heads into places they don’t belong. And what I mean by that is because you’ve got fans — Katy Perry [who performed for Hillary Clinton at the recent Democratic National Convention], Gene Simmons, Chubby Checker, I don’t care who you are — you’ve got influence, and your fans tend sometimes to do stuff they would normally not do just because they’re your fans. I think when celebrities tell you who they’re voting for, that rapes the democratic process.
“It’s worth noting that when you go into a voting booth there’s a curtain,” Simmons continued. “It’s nobody’s damn business who you’re voting for. I’d like to think people that are voting are voting their conscience and for that reason I don’t think people should care who Gene Simmons is voting for.”