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What Gene Simmons Forgot When Declaring Adam Lambert’s Career Is Over

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When Adam Lambert performed on stage with KISS’ Gene Simmons on American Idol, it was a dream come true for the contestant. So why might Lambert be rethinking his respect for the rock legend?

Because Simmons has blasted Lambert’s decision to come out. “He killed his career because now the conversation is not about his talent but about his sexual preference,” says Simmons. “He’s done. … I hope I’m completely wrong. I hope he becomes the next Beatles and proves me wrong.”

This isn’t the first time Simmons has blasted Lambert on his decision to be out. He’s previously gone off the deep end, invoking the ridiculous bestiality comparison with a Fox TV affiliate: “Adam should have won. On the other hand he should have kept his mouth shut about his sexual preferences. I don’t really care what he wants to do and neither does America. But this kid’s got talent, Adam Lambert can go on. As long as he’s quiet about whatever else he prefers to do indoors. I personally don’t care, I mean if you love farm animals, that’s fine, but I don’t wanna read a magazine about that.” (Simmons has also dissed Lambert’s “rock” persona.)

But coming out, updates Simmons, is the end of Lambert’s career. Too bad the KISS bassist and singer misses the whole point here: Lambert didn’t come out — he just chose to address what everybody already knew. Had he not been so open with his sexuality, all of the attention would have instead been focused on how he’s not discussing it. And then we would be dealing with an Anderson Cooper of the music industry, demanding our respect for remaining a closet case. And nobody should be a fan of that.