Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons broached the topic of “cancel culture” during a KISS VIP event in Austin, Texas on September 29.

In the video below, Simmons was asked by a host of the Star Wars podcast The Bombadcast if he was a fan of the Disney+ series The Mandalorian, since he was a fan of the Star Wars saga. He responded saying it’s “one of the best shows on TV.” When asked what he thought of the show’s second season, he added, “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.”

“The chick” in question is Gina Carano, who played Rebel Alliance soldier Cara Dune. Carano was fired from the series in February after she shared a post to social media that was interpreted as comparing the treatment of conservatives in the United States to the treatment of Jews in Nazi Germany.

Carano’s post read, “Jews were beaten in the streets, not by Nazi soldiers but by their neighbors…even by children. Because history is edited, most people today don’t realize that to get to the point where Nazi soldiers could easily round up thousands of Jews, the government first made their own neighbors hate them simply for being Jews. How is that any different from hating someone for their political views.”

Stanley added, “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.”


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Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well-versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice. #TransRightsAreHumanRights

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