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In June, it was reported that the Kiss leader was attempting to trademark the iconic rock gesture. He had filed an application to the US Patent and Trademark Office, claiming to have first popularised the now-ubiquitous salute during Kiss’ Hotter Than Hell tour in 1974. Simmons was seeking to trademark the gesture for “entertainment, namely, live performances by a musical artist; personal appearances by a musical artist.”
Wendy Dio described Simmons’ legal bid as “disgusting”, “a joke” and “just crazy”, saying: “To try to make money off of something like this is disgusting. It belongs to everyone; it doesn’t belong to anyone… It’s a public domain; it shouldn’t be trademarked.”
Now Simmons has told the Windsor Star: “I regret nothing. Wake up every morning and let your conscience be your guide.”
He continued: “Did you know I own the moneybag logo – the dollar sign with the bag of money? I own all kinds of things. I own ‘motion picture’ as a trademark.”
“Anyone who thinks that’s silly: the silliest thing I’ve ever done is wear more makeup and higher heels than your mommy. People said, ‘You can’t do that.’ Actually, bitch, I can. I can do anything I want to do.”
Earlier this month, Simmons responded to a photo of a cow that looked like him.
Simmons wrote on Twitter: “This is real, folks!!!”, before adding that the calf “looks exactly” like him.