Dee Snider urged all other artists and music fans to use everything at their disposal to fight misinformation regarding the Russian invasion of Ukraine. the TWISTED SISTER The leader said everyone should do whatever they can to attempt to circumvent Russian state-run media and communicate directly with Russian civilians who may not be aware or be able to access independent or credible information.
Friday, Sniper shared a four and a half minute video message on his instagram in which he said in part, “Citizens of the free world, it’s time to stand up and be counted. There’s a phrase I never thought I’d say in my lifetime, but here I am today in saying those exact words.
“A week ago when I published my article about letting the Ukrainian people use [the TWISTED SISTER song] ‘We’re not going to take it’ like their battle cry, I was stunned by the international response, the international outpouring. A few death threats, but whatever. The main thing is that people are on the side of Ukraine. People understand what is going on there. People are realizing the importance of what is happening right now.
“People’s lives are at stake,” he continued. “People are dying. And it’s not just a threat to Ukraine, it’s a threat to the whole free world. As a result of this, a movement has started. WorldUnited.live is not just looking to put on an international live concert event, they are looking to get the message, the word out to the Russian people who have been cut off from the rest of the world. Twitter, instagram, Facebook, ICT Tac, all social media platforms have been shut down. The Russian people do not know what their chief dictator is doing to Ukraine; they have no understanding of the truth of what is happening. But they can’t stop us all. We have our URLs, we have our websites, we have our ways of getting information out, and if we all start working from those angles, if we all start getting the word out to the Russian people, if we all get the word, not only of our support, but of the atrocities that are happening right now in Ukraine, the Russian people will receive the message. They are the ones who will end up ending it all. Yeah, we have working politicians; yeah, they do all these things to reduce and starve them in Russia and do this and that. I’ve always found that in the end it’s people who make things happen.”
Sniper added: “And to this end, WorldUnited.live – this is the website: WorldUnited.live – they want to organize a concert, a Major concert event, which crosses all musical barriers, all barricades, brings us all together to send this… Remember Live Help? This must be the next level if we are to stop a possible Third World War, and it is on our shoulders to do so.”
Last month, Sniper made headlines when he said he was fine with Ukrainians using “We’re not going to take it” as an act of defiance against the Russian invasion. In a tweet, the singer gave permission for his song to be used and explained why.
“I absolutely approve of Ukrainians using ‘We’re not going to take it’ as their war cry,” he wrote. “My grandfather was Ukrainian, before it was swallowed up by the USSR after the Second World War. This can’t happen to these people anymore!”
Sniper sent the hashtags “F-KRUSSIA” and “F-KPUTIN” in previous tweets and insisted that his grandfather stay by his side Deeif he were alive today.
Dee Recount “As It Happens” why he is glad that Ukrainians found inspiration in “We’re not going to take it” as they fight a Russian invasion: “It was designed to be a song where people can read about their personal conflicts and struggles, whether it’s your teachers or your parents or your government or an invasion – whatever. But then I started asking some people me, ‘Well, how can you support this, but you know, you denounced the anti-masks?’ I was processing it and I was about to go out and get some Saturday morning bagels for my family, and I said, you know, “That’s why. And I wrote it. And I came back a few hours later and opened my Twitter feeding, and it exploded, and I said, ‘Whoa!’ I hadn’t realized that I had kind of hit the nail on the head. A group fights for its life against oppression and tyranny for real. It is a life or death situation. The other group shouts that they are oppressed because they are asked to wear a piece of paper over their nose and mouth to protect others. It’s so ridiculous, you know? And when you put that kind of perspective on it, it seems embarrassing when you see these real people fighting for their lives, fighting for their lives in Ukraine, and you get these stupid people… stomp like little kids .
“We’re not going to take it”most popular single TWISTED SISTERwas used in advertisements for a hotel chain Extended stay in America, Claritine, walmart, Stanley Steamer and yaz birth control.
The song’s lyrics say in part “Oh you’re so condescending / Your cheek never ends / We don’t want nothing from you / Nothing from you.”
“We’re not going to take it” was first released as a single (with the song as a B-side “You Can’t Stop Rock ‘n’ Roll”) on April 27, 1984. The “Stay Hungry” the album was released two weeks later on May 10, 1984. The single charted at No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, making it TWISTED SISTERis the only Top 40 single, and the song was ranked No. 47 on VH1“100 Greatest Songs of the 80s”.
“We’re not going to take it” was written only by Sniper. As influences for the song, he previously cited the glam rock band SLADEthe punk band SEX GUNSand the Christmas carol “O Come, all ye faithful”.
TWISTED SISTER called it quits in 2016 after completing a 40th anniversary farewell tour. The group’s last concert took place in November of the same year, 20 months after the death of TWISTEDthe longtime drummer AJ Pero.
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