Wendy Dio Slams Gene Simmons for Attempting to Trademark the Devil Horns Hand Sign; Nikki Sixx Announces Intention to Trademark the Middle Finger

  • Axl Rosenberg

A couple of days ago, word got out that Gene Simmons has filed an application for a trademark on (a very much incorrect version of) the devil horns hand sign that millions of metalheads across the globe have used for years and years and years, and pretty much everyone had the same reaction: “What a fucking buffoon.”

Now a pair of legendary members of the metal community have responded to Simmons’ ridiculous action, and in case you’re wondering, no, neither of them came to Simmons’ defense.

First up: Wendy Dio, former wife and manager of the late, great, Ronnie James Dio, who everyone knows actually popularized the devil horns hand sign, despite what Simmons or any other idiot might claim. From TheWrap:

“To try to make money off of something like this is disgusting,” [Wendy] Dio told TheWrap. “It belongs to everyone; it doesn’t belong to anyone. … It’s a public domain; it shouldn’t be trademarked.”

“It’s laughable, I think, quite honestly,” Dio said, likening Simmons’ trademark bid to trying to trademark the bird or the peace sign. “I think he’s made a complete fool of himself.”

“It’s disgusting; what does he want?”

Well, Wendy, I’ll tell you what he wants: money (you’d think Wendy would be able to relate). I think it’s also very possible that this is the bid of a sad old man who’s closer to the end of his life than the beginning to further ensure his place in music history. Which sounds ridiculous, but remember, Simmons has devoted his entire existence to overcompensating for having a small penis. Let’s all just count ourselves lucky he’s never run for office.

Meanwhile, Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx — a longtime critic of Simmons’ — responded to the KISS co-founder’s latest act of craven greed with this declaration:

Say what you will about Sixx, but he sure does understand that brevity is the soul of wit!

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