Gene Simmons, the bassist and co-founder of the rock band KISS, broke his silence about people who called him an ‘asshole’ while speaking to American Songwriter and criticized them harshly with his sensible words.
In the conversation, the interviewer said to Gene Simmons that he grew up poor but he is rich now and that what does that simple fact mean to him. When Gene Simmons replied, he touched poor and rich people and said he is proud of his money.
“We’re not supposed to revel in our riches. But that’s bullshit. That’s bullshit because everybody – if I walk around and I walk into a room and said I’m worth a couple hundred million dollars – or a billion, or whatever they say, I don’t keep track – people would go, ‘Listen to that guy, what an asshole!’
“But if I just won the lottery and didn’t work a day in my life for it, everybody goes, ‘Fantastic! You won a shitload of money and you didn’t work at all for it!’
“I’ve worked for every penny I got. I should be the one that should be able to say, ‘Look at all the money I got.’ But nope, can’t do that.”
Gene Simmons concluded by saying that it’s better to be rich than poor, adding, “It is. You can create jobs if you’re rich. You can give money to philanthropy if you’re rich. A poor person never gave me a job.
“And the person who came up with the phrase, ‘Money is the root of all evil’ is a moron. Money is not the root of all evil. Lack of money is the root of all evil.”