Nikki Sixx Does Not Condone ‘Anti-Gene Simmons Bashathon’
KISS' Gene Simmons gave an interview making some insensitive comments on the topic of depression, Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx called him out on it and after plenty of public heat, Simmons publicly apologized for his words. Now Sixx is following up Simmons' apology asking for an end to what he calls "an anti-Gene Simmons bashathon."
Sixx feels that the radio bans of Simmons are taking things too far and in his latest posting he also talks a little bit about his own experiences dealing with addiction and depression issues. He also uses the platform to draw more attention to bringing public awareness to depression, suicide and treatment statistics.
Check out Nikki's full posting on Gene Simmons, depression and suicide stats and more below.
I wanted to take a moment to address the media thats been picked up by everybody from Rolling Stone, Los Angeles Times, NME, Billboard and many more around Gene Simmons comments telling depressed people to kill themselves. I also want to address and compliment Gene for publicly apologizing. That was 100% the right thing to do. This has turned into a bit of an anti-Gene Simmons bashathon and I don’t condone that nor do I support that radio stations across the country who are banning Kiss (the guys in the band didn’t do anything). Gene said something that has been addressed and maybe in a moment of bravado he was just being cocksure and pompous?
Out of everything in my life that’s has gone array either from my own action’s or others I try to learn a lesson. There is good in everything. What I know is this. When people are listening we have an opportunity to pass along some valuable and positive information.
Since I have had my own struggle with addiction and depression I have been exposed to both sides of the process. Its not as simple as we are lowly addicts or morally incapable of pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps, doing the right thing or just snapping out of it. The process involves hard work and hopefully some form of a support team (family, friends etc) around you. That could mean therapy, rehab, 12 step programs or sometimes-even medication. It’s better than the alternative. Trust me..
So here are some stats I pulled for the uneducated and for anybody needing to know you’re not alone.
Thanks for being proactive in bringing awareness..Nikki
--14.8 million American adults (6.7%) are affected by a major depressive disorder each year
--1 in 10 Americans are affected by Depression at one point in their life.
--Women are twice as likely to have depression and symptoms of depression
--People aged 45-64 have the highest percentage rate for depression. (4.6%)
--The most common age to start developing symptoms of depression is 32.
--Depression is the cause of over two-thirds of reported suicides each year (20,000 a year)
--For every 2 homicides in the US, there are 3 suicides.
--Untreated depression is the #1 risk for suicide among youth.
--The death rate from suicide is higher than chronic liver disease, Alzheimer’s, murder or hypertension.
--80% of people that have symptoms of clinical depression are not receiving any treatment
--The Number of patients diagnosed with depression increases by about 20% each year.
--60-80% of all depression cases can be effectively treated with therapy and medication.
--Depression causes $70 billion in medical costs and lost productivity each year.
After Simmons initial comments went public, the Triple M network of Australian radio stations banned KISS music, and there have been several radio protests stateside as well. However, each of those actions took place before Simmons issued his public apology and Sixx posted his new message.