Dee Snider Explains His Real Concern Regarding The Censorship Battle With PMRC


Rock music’s iconic defender Dee Snider recently showed that he is ready to battle censorship again if necessary. He replied to a tweet defending ‘Parental Advisory’ stickers and stated why he thought it was censorship and detailed the events that followed as proof.

Twisted Sister’s Snider saved Rock and Roll in 1985, following the harsh allegations against Twisted Sister and rock music. The PMRC committee wanted to ban songs with explicit lyrics and censor bands on the grounds of their negative effect on children. Dee Snider refuted every allegation made against the influence of rock and metal music and fought against censorship.

When the court stated that there should be some indication on the records about whether the album has explicit content or not, Snider thought that this was censorship, and he didn’t think it was right. Parental Advisory stickers emerged soon after, and record companies had to label their albums.

Recently, Snider replied to a fan who stated that those stickers are not censorship but only an indication so the parents would know what their children are listening to. However, the Twisted Sister vocalist replied, stating that this was not his primary concern. He knew that the stickers would create a barrier not only between music and children, but also between music and everyone else. The musicians were also forced to create a ‘clean’ version to sell them in certain stores.

Here is what the fan tweeted first:

“The thing I can remember was Dee saying that putting warnings on their music would be censorship, but it wasn’t. Just a rating to let people, parents know if the music contained offensive or vulgar language. His side lost, and everyone hated Tipper Gore. We all adapted.

Here is Snider’s reply:

“My concern was not the sticker, but that the sticker would be used to prevent people from having access to the music. Not only did some stores segregate or not carry stickered albums, but others forced labels to deliver censored albums for their chains without the buyer knowing.”

You can see the tweets below.