You’ve got it all twisted up, sister.
Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider spent her weekend lashing out at supporters of right-wing Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake after the campaign for the GOP frontrunner used the lyrics to his 1984 song “We’re Not Gonna Take It” to bolster his run.
Along with starting the rallies with the tune, a Twitter campaign account promoting Lake’s efforts posted song lyrics, including: “We have the right to choose it, there’s no way we let’s lose it – This is our life, This is our song.” This message was tweeted at Snider, as if he could support his candidacy. He does not do.
“Hey idiots! Read the 1st line,” Snider replied, referring to the right to choose.
“It’s a pro-choice anthem that you co-opt,” the Queens native noted. “This was NEVER meant for you Fascist morons! As a songwriter and singer, I speak out against everything @KariLake stands for! Write your own fucking song!
The heavy metal hitmaker, whose 80s tracks also include ‘I Wanna Rock’ and ‘You Can’t Stop Rock ‘n’ Roll’, has engaged supporters and critics online, saying he identifies as a Christian and voted for Republicans, but doesn’t align with Lake’s rhetoric, which has the endorsement of former President Donald Trump.
A longtime free speech advocate, Snider tweeted on Sunday that he was not trying to censor Lake, but rather using his voice to oppose his campaign.
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“I won’t try to arrest anyone (unless they’re using it without permission for commercial purposes – that’s different) who I don’t agree with,” he said. added. “I will denounce them.”
Calling Lake an “ignorant,” Snider said he couldn’t legally “or morally” stop him from playing his music.
“I wrote it for everyone” he reasoned. “Cherry picking using it is censorship.”
When some Twitter commenters suggested to Snider that his recent tweets didn’t seem consistent with the anti-establishment rock ‘n’ roll sentiments he expressed during his heyday, the 67-year-old musician begged to disagree. .
“I stand for what I have always stood for,” he tweeted. “Anti-right, anti-fascist, anti-hole.”
Lake, 52, previously worked as a television personality for Arizona Fox affiliate KSAZ-TV. She promoted the false narrative that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump and claimed without explanation that she was “detecting fraud” regarding his upcoming election bid. Lake also opposes abortion rights.
Snider joins a long list of creative types who have berated conservative political candidates for using their music to promote unprogressive political agendas. Neil Young, the Rolling Stones, Guns ‘n Roses, REM, John Fogerty and Rihanna protested the use of their art by Trump and other Republican candidates.