Twisted Sister's Dee Snider Supports Ukrainians' Use of "We're Not Gonna Take It," Condemns Use by Anti-Maskers
"One use is for a righteous battle against oppression; the other is [an] infantile feet-stomping"
Published Feb 28, 2022Former Twisted Sister bandleader Dee Snider has given his seal of approval to Ukrainian people adopting the band's anthemic "We're Not Gonna Take It" — but the musician has made it clear that he doesn't feel the same way about anti-maskers using the song as their rallying cry.
"I absolutely approve of Ukrainians using 'We're Not Gonna Take It' as their battlecry," Snider tweeted on Saturday (February 26), three days after Russian leader Vladimir Putin ordered an attack on Ukraine. "My grandfather was Ukrainian, before it was swallowed up by the USSR after WW2 [sic]. That can't happen to these people again!" he wrote, adding #FUCKRUSSIA for good measure.
"People are asking me why I endorsed the use of 'We're Not Gonna Take It' for the Ukrainian people and did not for the anti-maskers," Snider continued on Sunday (February 27) after receiving some backlash from the COVID mandate-protesting crowd. He summed up his stance succinctly: "Well, one use is for a righteous battle against oppression; the other is a [sic] infantile feet stomping against an inconvenience."
I absolutely approve of Ukrainians using "We're Not Gonna Take It" as their battlecry. My grandfather was Ukrainian, before it was swallowed up by the USSR after WW2. This can't happen to these people again! #FUCKRUSSIA— Dee Snider🇺🇸 (@deesnider) February 26, 2022
Because you can't stop rock 'n' roll — or the resistance to actual oppression.
Inuk singer-songwriter Tanya Tagaq has since replied to the tweet, asking: "May I please cover your song?"
UPDATE (3/1, 9:30 a.m. ET): Snider has responded to Tagaq, tweeting "Please do." Tagaq retweeted it, adding: "This is happening."
May I please cover your song?— tanya tagaq (@tagaq) February 28, 2022
Penned by Snider, "We're Not Gonna Take It" was included on Twisted Sister's 1984 album Stay Hungry.
Revisit the glam metal outfit's video for the defiant hit below.