Ahhh, teenage angst, we all remember it well. While I was far more of a Beastie Boys and Nirvana kind of girl, Twisted Sister’s rock anthem “We’re Not Going To Take It” was certainly one of those songs that made an impression during my youth.
And now, that song will be used, legitimately, at Donald Trump rallies. Sad.
Dee Snider, who was a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice in 2012, said in an interview with Canadian Business:
He called and he asked, which I appreciated. I said, ‘Look, we don’t see eye to eye on everything – there are definitely issues that we’re far apart on.’ … Trump and Bernie Sanders are the two extremes. They’re raising holy hell and shaking everything up. That’s what ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ is about.
The song certainly seems more fitting for Bernie than Trump. Hell, the majority of people should be singing “We’re not going to take it. . .” to the bully billionaire.
When Trump used the R.E.M. song “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” at one of his rallies in September, Michael Stipe had the perfect response via a tweet from R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills:
Go fuck yourselves, the lot of you — you sad, attention-grabbing, power-hungry little men. Do not use our music or my voice for your moronic charade of a campaign.
And of course, when Trump used Neil Young’s “Rockin’ In the Free World” it prompted the following statement from the Canadian musician:
“Donald Trump was not authorized to use ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’ in his presidential candidacy announcement. Neil Young, a Canadian citizen, is a supporter of Bernie Sanders for President of the United States of America.”
Those are the statements we expect from activist rockers who have yet to sell out.