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Gene Simmons' Advice to Immigrants: "Learn to Speak Goddamn English!"

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Gene Simmons has some advice for immigrants.

During an interview with HuffPost Live Monday, the 64-year-old Kiss rocker, who moved to the U.S. with his family at the age of 8, says people moving to America should assimilate to the culture as quickly as possible, just the way he did.

"I'm actually saying the thing that needs to be said because the politically correct climate is bulls--t," Simmons said. "You don't want to upset anybody by saying, 'Learn to speak goddamn English.' So, as an immigrant, I'm telling you: Learn to speak goddamn English. It is the key that will unlock the keys to the kingdom. If you make the effort, then all the possibilities of this culture will open up for you and give you all the rewards that I've gotten."

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He went on, "I wasn't born here and America's enabled me to become a team owner...to have reality shows, to be in a rock band and to have licensing and merchandise and a restaurant chain."

Simmons added that it's "too bad" if people are offended by his message. "Learn to speack a language correctly!" Simmons yelled. "It's not easy. By the way, you don't have to."

"How about this: If Siri can't understand you, you're in trouble," Simmons said.

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