The City of Winnipeg can do better than Gene Simmons, a city councillor says.
The rock star didn't deserve the key to the city he was awarded Wednesday, because while he is a successful entertainer, he is no role model for citizens, Grant Nordman said.
"He openly has talked about, for years, his prowess with women, and I just would suggest that it's not appropriate for us as a city to be endorsing it," Nordman, city council's speaker, said Thursday.
In an email to members of council, Nordman called the Wednesday ceremony at city hall a "ridiculous award."
' Who's next? Congressman Weiner? ' — Coun. Grant Nordman
"I left the building on purpose yesterday to make sure that I was not seen to be part of this idiotic gesture. Who's next? Congressman Weiner?" he wrote, referring to the disgraced New York representative who resigned his seat Thursday in a "sexting" scandal.
The mayor's office said it gives the award to promote Winnipeg and spread the message the city is a friendly and welcoming place. In this case, Simmon's promoters approached the city about recognizing the rock star.