TMZ

Our TV Shows

Got a Tip?

Call TMZ at (888) 847-9869 or Click Here

Ex-KISS Member

I DON'T HATE JEWS

4/8/2014 7:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0407-KISS-original-getty-01
Founding KISS drummer Peter Criss insists he's NOT a raging anti-Semite, despite public accusations made by KISS guitarist Paul Stanley.

Stanley unloaded on Criss and another ex-band mate Ace Frehley in his new book "Face the Music: A Life Exposed," accusing the two of chronic anti-Semitic behavior back in the day. Stanley also accuses Criss of being a racist who enjoyed mocking waiters at Chinese restaurants.

But Criss tells TMZ, all of Stanley's claims are bogus.

Criss says he's always been a loving supporter of all religions, including the Jewish faith -- in fact, Criss tells us his favorite aunt was Jewish. He also denies being a racist in any way.

Although Criss says he's spoken to a lawyer, he says he has no plans to pursue legal action against Stanley.

80 COMMENTS

No Avatar
46.

The Zombie    

There is SO much more to this story. Gene and Paul are just *******s looking for publicity. Look it up on Blabbermouth.

141 days ago
47.

Dr. Cornelia J. Dogbarker PhD    

On their great live album they're all like, "how many of you like to drink tequila??" And when I went to see 'em a few years ago, Paul was all like, "remember kids, don't drink and drive." Haha I drove home drunk just to defy him!!!

141 days ago
48.

twoaway    

Who hasn't mocked a Chinese waiter? You order ****, you eat ****!

141 days ago
49.

Numapass    

These guys hate each other obviously - a pox on Paul for playing to money grubbing stereotype

141 days ago
50.

Double Bubble    

This is just a way for Paul Stanley to sell more books..This type of thing has been over played long ago and maybe he should have cashed in on the jew bashing accusations when it might have been believable..

141 days ago
51.

Cal    

A lot of kids liked Kiss when they were eleven,and got over it when they turned twelve.

141 days ago
52.

tommyr    

Paul's turned into a ****ing whining diva the past 2 years. He's trying to sell hos book . There's a photo of Peter AND Paul dressed up in Nazi gear. Paul's 2 faced now. Sad.

141 days ago
53.

wildeyedsouthernboy    

C'mon its KISS the most obnoxious bunch of hack musicians around next to Grand Funk Railroad...sure they endured but that does not make them good or even great. Now there must be some validation to go with the mox.

141 days ago
54.

karisma    

I've never heard that about Peter. Ace, on the other hand, used to "prank" Gene (whose mother is a Holocaust survivor) by hammering on his hotel room door late at night wearing Nazi uniforms.

140 days ago
55.

Gary Lee Connor    

Gene and Paul did NOT carry the KISS Brand forward..The Kiss Brand carried them!!!
The Brand was equally built by the original 4. Gene and Paul whine about how they had to work to keep KISS going when it was KISS that actually kept them going and paying their Bills.
That does not give them any more claim to the Brand then Ace and Peter.
In fact the only way KISS could kick hind ends these days is if Ace and Peter played with them as they are still Men.. Gene and Paul are Clucking Old Hens...

139 days ago
Previous 15 Comments | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

Around The Web