Take Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of Kiss and put them on a flight with a 'Modern Family' star's mother, and what do you get? One of the odder -- and happily, briefest -- social media battles of the year.

Simmons and Stanley momentarily found themselves the targets of actor Eric Stonestreet's ire on May 28, after the two shared a flight to Kansas City -- and an allegedly unkind encounter -- with Stonestreet's mother. According to Stonestreet, who shared the news via Twitter, "Turns out both Gene Simmons AND Paul Stanley were on my mom’s flight to Kansas City. Gene tried to bully my mom out of her seat and when she said no, he said, 'It’s ok, I just bought the plane' and asked her for her autograph – d--- move. Then Paul called her ‘Aunt Bee.’ – d--- move. I can’t wait to run into you two old ass makeup wearing f---s and tell you in person, you should have been nicer to my mom."

Never one to let a provocation pass without responding, Simmons defended himself repeatedly on Twitter, insisting, "Someone posted a story which is blatantly untrue. The essence of it was that we were mean to somebody's mother. It's simply untrue." Addressing Stonestreet directly, he added, "LOOK, I HAVE A MOTHER, TOO. I would never be mean, especially to mothers. You know that." Later, he continued in his customary all-caps style, "YOU LOVE YOUR MOM. I LOVE MY MOM. WE ALL LOVE MOMS---. I STAND BY MY WORDS" and told a fan, "THIS WAS A SUCKER PUNCH THAT CAME OUT OF NOWHERE. I RESENT IT."

Stanley, for his part, was more conciliatory, telling Stonestreet, "I actually waited so your mom could get off first. The rest -- A misunderstanding of joking. I apologize anyway. Good son." Stonestreet seemed to appreciate the gesture, responding, "Thank u for that. She did tell me you let her go first. I will tape my glow in the dark KISS posters back together now."

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