Dee Snider, singer for Twisted Sister, took to Twitter to come after the supporters of former President Donald Trump, claiming that “MAGAT FASCISTS” and those like them were the inspiration for the band’s iconic anthem “We’re Not Gonna Take It.”
“ATTENTION QANON, MAGAT FASCISTS,” Snider’s tweet began. “Every time you sing ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ remember it was written by a cross-dressing, libtard, tree hugging half-Jew who HATES everything you stand for,” he said. “It was you and people like you that inspired every angry word of that song! SO F*** OFF!”
Snider, however, was quick to be reminded that Democrats were the force behind efforts to censor bands like Snider’s, particularly in reference to the very same song.
One user responded, saying, “I remember you in Congress, Dee, arguing in favor of free speech because Democrats wanted to censor you. Now you’re shilling for those same Democrats in power.”
Snider appeared before the Senate in 1985 after a pro-censorship group known as the Parental Music Resource Center, commonly referred to as the PMRC, published a list of problematic bands and tunes in which Twisted Sister was included. The Senate was largely controlled by Republicans at the time, but the push to censor certain music was largely the efforts of Senate Democrats.
The PMRC itself was led by Tipper Gore, wife of future Vice President Al Gore. She argued that “We’re Not Gonna take It” should be slapped with a warning label, due to it’s promotion of “violence.”
Snider claims he chose to appear before Congress with fellow musicians Frank Zappa and John Denver, because he felt he could present a clear case against censoring the songs.
“They really wanted [Mötley Crüe singer] Vince Neil,” Snider told Rolling Stone in 2015. “Vince is not very articulate. He actually is a life-styler, so he probably would have been half in the bag going in there. They would have smacked him around, because he’s incapable of fighting at the level. As far as going and having an intellectual debate on something, he’d be pretty defenseless.”
“Ms. Gore claimed that one of my songs, ‘Under the Blade,’ had lyrics encouraging sadomasochism, bondage and rape,” Snider told Congress at the time. “The lyrics she quoted have absolutely nothing to do with these topics. On the contrary, the words in question are about surgery and the fear that it instills in people. … I can say categorically that the only sadomasochism, bondage and rape in this song is in the mind of Ms. Gore.”
Snider has since lashed out at Republicans who have used his song at events, such as Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) and even former President Donald Trump, who Snider himself sang the tune onstage with while he was on the campaign trail. Snider has also offered blanket approval to any “pro-choice” candidate.
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