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Dee Snider Explains Why He Supports Ukrainians Using “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and Not Anti-Maskers


This weekend, Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider came out in support of Ukrainians using the band’s hit single “We’re Not Gonna Take It” as their rallying cry. Of course, this led to a bunch of people on the Internet somehow taking that as an attack, specifically anti-maskers who Dee condemned for using the song. Now, Dee has clarified why he made the distinction — and damn, we love how real this motherfucker is.

For those of you who don’t remember, Dee’s initial tweet read:

“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”

When a fan responded telling Dee not to condemn Russia but Putin, he responded:

“Understood (though they are claiming 60% of Russians support this invasion). But the Russian people (many who are already protesting) need to take responsibility for the piece of shit they have allowed to stay in powre for 22 years. #FUCKPUTIN

Then, after several fans asked why Ukrainians get to use the song but anit-maskers didn’t, Dee went for it:

“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. Well, one use is for a righteous battle against oppression; the other is a infantile feet stomping against an inconvenience.”


We love you, Dee. And we agree. Someone claiming that having to wear a cloth mask (and any cloth mask — a mask with the Obituary logo on it, a mask that says ‘Front Toward Enemy,’ whatever the fuck you like) is comparable to fighting off a full-scale military invasion might want to reconsider their standards and priorities.

Read Dee’s tweet below, followed by “We’re Not Gonna Take It.”

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