KISS singer and guitarist Paul Stanley reversed course Thursday on a statement that he made at the start of the week in which he called out those attempting to push transgender ideology on children.
“While my thoughts were clear, my words clearly were not,” he wrote in a statement posted to Twitter. “Most importantly and above all else, I support those struggling with their sexual identity while enduring constant hostility and those whose path leads them to reassignment surgery.”
“It’s hard to fathom the kind of conviction that one must feel to take those steps,” he continued. “A paragraph or two will remain far too short to fully convey my thoughts or point of view so I will leave that for another time and place.”
— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) May 4, 2023
Stanley called normalizing gender reassignment surgery on children a “sad and dangerous fad” on Sunday, which ignited a wide range of responses online.
Stanley, 71, who co-founded the iconic rock n’ roll group formed in the 1970s, posted on Twitter a statement where he shared thoughts about the controversial topic and new social contagion that has swept the U.S. recently and convinced minors to mutilate their bodies.
“There is a BIG difference between teaching acceptance and normalizing and even encouraging participation in a lifestyle that confuses young children into questioning their sexual identification as though some sort of game and then parents in some cases allow it,” he wrote in a statement under the title “My Thoughts On What I’m Seeing.”
“There ARE individuals who as adults may decide reassignment is their needed choice but turning this into a game or parents normalizing it as some sort of natural alternative or believing that because a little boy likes to play dress up in his sister’s clothes or a girl in her brother’s, we should lead them steps further down a path that’s far from the innocence of what they are doing,” he added.
“With many children who have no real sense of sexuality or sexual experiences caught up in the ‘fun’ of using pronouns and saying what they identify as, some adults mistakenly confuse teaching acceptance with normalizing and encouraging a situation that has been a struggle for those truly affected and have turned it into a sad and dangerous fad,” he concluded.
Stanley’s tweet garnered millions of views within hours of posting, sparking praise and backlash from users across the spectrum, most of whom referred to the American musician performing songs about sexualizing underage girls — namely the 1977 song “Christine Sixteen.”