Kiss frontman Paul Stanley recently opened up on the concept of ‘cancel culture’ and stated that it “is more dangerous than what it wants to cancel.” Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard in court was the most recent example of cancel culture.
Paul Stanley reflects on the matter
For those who are unaware of ‘Cancel culture,’ it is the idea that someone, usually a celebrity or a public figure, whose ideas or comments are considered offensive should be boycotted. These people are excluded and flouted by former friends, followers and supporters alike, leading to declines in any careers and fanbase the individual may have at any given time.
Addressing the cancel culture issue in a tweet Stanley, who is currently on the road with Kiss, wrote: “Day off and I find myself thinking ‘Cancel Culture’ is more dangerous than what it wants to cancel. Is censorship and silencing people okay if you believe you’re right?? That is a slope we’re already slipping down. You defeat lies with truth, not gags.”
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Day off and I find myself thinking “Cancel Culture” is more dangerous than what it wants to cancel. Is censorship and silencing people okay if you believe you’re right?? That is a slope we’re already slipping down. You defeat lies with truth, not gags.
— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) June 5, 2022
Stanley and his Kiss bandmate Gene Simmons previously spoke out against cancel culture while answering questions from fans at a Kiss VIP exclusive soundcheck event in September 2021 in Austin, Texas. At the time, they defended actress Gina Carano after she was ousted from “The Mandalorian” over controversial social media posts.
Simmons and Stanley, who are both Jewish, were asked if they were fans of the breakout series. Gene called “The Mandalorian” “one of the best shows on TV” and said in reference to Carano: “They should have kept the chick, even though she had different political [views]. It’s not about politics; it’s about whether you’re a good actress.”
A couple of minutes later, Paul also weighed in on the topic, saying: “Look, political views… This whole cancel culture is so dangerous. The idea that people can’t speak their mind. That’s what freedom is all about. And to lose your job because you’ve got something to say — even if I find it offensive — that’s… we’ve gotta look at that. Plus she can kick my ass.”