Twisted Sister‘s Dee Snider recently tackled the idea of “cancel culture” during a radio interview, with the current solo artist and author arguing that the modern type of ostracism is an evolved form of censorship.
The topic came up at the tail end of Snider’s talk with NewsNation‘s Ashleigh Banfield last week (April 8) when the host asked the Twisted Sister figurehead what he thought about “cancel culture.” In his reply, the entertainer invoked the 1985 U.S. Senate hearing that found him joining fellow musicians Frank Zappa and John Denver in testifying against the censorship of the then-newly formed Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC), the committee that instigated the infamous “Parental Advisory” label for recorded music.
“It’s censorship,” Snider said of “cancel culture.” “And censorship has changed quite a bit. I mean, you [look back] at when I was in Washington testifying — by the way, it was a bipartisan effort. It was the Democrats and Republicans who were joined together in putting a leash on rock ‘n’ roll.”
Nevertheless, the scope of that inquiry was “definitely a … more conservative attitude, wanting to censor music,” Snider continued. “Now, censorship still exists, but it’s gone from the right more to the left. We’re in this PC world where we have to be careful about what we say and who we offend, and it’s a very odd thing.”
Just how careful does one have to be? The musician, whose views typically trend more progressive, said he’s found himself…