This is the Kiss of death for anti-vaxxer arguments.
Kiss frontman Gene Simmons is garnering praise on social media after telling anti-vaxxers to “get over” themselves and “stop being selfish” with regards to getting the coronavirus vaccine. The “Rock and Roll All Nite” singer dropped the bombshell while discussing the uptick in UK COVID infections on “Good Morning Britain” Friday.
“Get over yourself,” Simmons, 72, said, addressing vaccine opponents. “We’re not concerned if you agree with it or not. We’re concerned about you making us sick. So get your God damn COVID shot and protect other people from getting your stuff.”
The rock icon continued: “Look, before [they] go to school, you have to have your children get the flu vaccine and the polio vaccine, and there’s no discussion.”
Going further, the rock star has no use for people who believe that vaccine mandates violate human rights.
“Well, you don’t have as many rights as you think,” the California resident said. “When you get up to a red light, you must stop. There’s no choice. It’s because it’s not about you — it’s about the other innocent people going by.” He later analogized vaccine refusal to neglecting to wear a seat belt while driving.
Simmons isn’t just a vehement pro-vaxxer, either: He said the UK “should” mandate mask usage as well.
The “Detroit Rock City” singer concluded the interview with some helpful advice for anti-vaxxers: “Shut up, be respectful of other people and get a vaccine … Stop being selfish.”
The Kiss vocalist’s pro-vax PSA comes as the UK saw daily COVID infections top 50,000 for the first time in three months — a trend that the World Health Organization attributes to an increase in indoor socializing.
Simmons’ words resonated on social media.
“Gene Simmons telling it like it is this morning,” gushed one fan on Twitter.
Another described the music legend’s aforementioned traffic-law analogy as one of the “best metaphors for Covid vaccination” they’d ever heard.
His band is already following a set of protocols. Their annual Kiss Kruise event — in which the group performs aboard a cruise ship’s pool deck — is slated to kick off in November this year. And, yes, fans will need to be vaccinated to attend, according to Simmons.
Alas, not all rock stars are on board with inoculation mandates. Rocker Eric Clapton has repeatedly railed against the vaccines and associated laws in recent months — and even donated over $1,000 to an anti-vax band.