Dee Snider supports the Ukrainians by shouting “We’re not going to take it” as a rallying cry: “This can’t happen to these people anymore!”
This week, Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, resulting in significant loss of life and material damage. In response, Ukrainian acts like Jinjer condemned Vladimir Putin, the Eurovision Song Contest pulled Russia from its 2022 contest, and Russian punk activists Pussy Riot launched an NFT campaign to raise relief funds. Now, Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider has taken to Twitter to say he officially approves of Ukrainians using Twisted Sister’s hit song “We’re Not Gonna Take It” as their rallying cry.
On his Twitter, Dee wrote the following:
“I absolutely approve of Ukrainians using ‘We’re not going to take it’ as a battle cry. My grandfather was Ukrainian, before he was swallowed up by the USSR after WWII. That can’t happen anymore. to these people! #FUCKRUSSIA”
When a fan told Dee that it was not Russia but Vladimir Putin who was to blame for the invasion, Snider continued:
“Understood (although they claim 60% of Russians support this invasion). But the Russian people (many of whom are already protesting) must take responsibility for the crap they let stay in power for 22 years. #FUCKPUTIN
He then clarified his 60% stat, saying:
“Unfortunately, they are getting a flood of propaganda from the Russian government telling them that Ukraine is the aggressor.”
We think Dee is right, and while we understand Russian metalheads who don’t approve of the war sentiment attacked by his statements, we also understand that trying to separate Putin and contemporary Russia feels a bit like a mad dash to this stage and at this time. . While millions of Russians think the invasion of Ukraine is criminal and brutal, the country itself is launching a full-scale invasion. We can forgive Dee Snider for calling out the nation as a whole, and believe he handled the correction well by following up his initial tweet with the hashtag “#FUCKPUTIN.”
You can check out the tweets below.