LOS ANGELES — Gene Simmons, frontman of eighties rock band KISS, referred to Americans refusing to be vaccinated for COVID-19 as “an enemy” during a Wednesday interview.
The Hill reports:
“If you’re willing to walk among us unvaccinated, you are an enemy,” the KISS frontman said Wednesday in an interview on “TalkShopLive.”
“I don’t care about your political beliefs… you are not allowed to infect anybody just because you think you’ve got rights that are delusional,” Simmons, 72, said.
Simmons then rehashed a leftist favorite: drawing the tired false equivalence between unconstitutional vaccine mandates and traffic safety measures.
“You don’t have the right to go through a red light — actually the government has the right to tell you to stop,” he continued.
“If they tell you you can’t smoke in a building, you can’t smoke in a building. And that’s not because they want to take away your rights — that’s because the rest of us hate it. We don’t want to smell your smoke.”
“I don’t want to catch your disease,” Simmons added. “I don’t want to risk my life just because you want to go through a red light. This whole idea, this delusional, evil idea that you get to do whatever you want and the rest of the world be damned is really terrible.”
Once a countercultural icon, Simmons now demands you follow government vaccination initiatives to cater to his subjective sense of safety.
Equally amusing is that back in 2016, Simmons told FOX Business that he thought “celebrities should basically shut their pie holes and do what they do best—act, sing, tap dance… all that kind of stuff.”
Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
What Simmons fails to realize is that he’s arguing in bad faith. None of the noise made by the right is borne of a desire to do whatever we want, whenever we want, all while throwing caution to the wind — rather, it’s a prolonged proclamation that the draconian policy pushed for and enacted by the left over the past year and a half is not only abnormal, but reprehensible and dangerous.
It’s about refusing compliance with politicians willing to use federal agencies to force the unvaccinated out of work. It’s about rejecting the idea of vaccination being a contingency for participation in public life. It’s about denying the legitimacy of blue state governors’ demands for you to stay home and strap a mask to your face in public.
More broadly, it’s about rejecting blatant authoritarianism — naturally, this is something the authoritarians among us will balk at.
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