Eddie Ojeda Regrets Dee Snider’s Stance Against Censorship
Twisted Sister guitarist Eddie Ojeda appeared in a new interview with VRP Rocks, where he shared thoughts on Dee Snider’s speech and involvement in a fight against censorship.
Almost 40 years ago, Snider spoke out against censorship during his hearing with PMRC. Referring to Snider’s comments on censorship, Ojeda expressed the opinion that Snider should have kept his views to himself. When asked about the hearing day, he said:
“That I wish we had stayed out of. If you’re a musician or an actor or well known musician, I think you should keep your opinion about censorship to yourself. Maybe make comments of it. But I think we went a bit far with it. I think it was kinda cool to stand up for your rights but in the long run it wasn’t a good thing to go to Congress and try to take them on because they don’t like to lose.”
Despite stating that Snider should have kept his thoughts to himself, his bandmate thinks the frontman was good with his words:
“Dee did a great job representing himself and they weren’t happy about it. They thought they were gonna get some drunked out fool [to] show up and embarrass himself and put more nails in the coffin, so to speak. But it didn’t go that way. Even though it was a positive thing, it also took a toll on the band.”
How The Censorship Concern Started
Snider’s concern on the censorship matter started when the PMRC founder, Mrs. Gore, believed that the lyrics of most rock, metal, and mainstream pop songs were not suitable for children. She then aimed to prohibit 15 songs by artists like Twisted Sister, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, AC/DC, Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe, and Venom.
The PMRC argued that the lyrics, music videos, and promoted t-shirts of rock bands, particularly Twisted Sister, were encouraging children to become familiar with Satanism, and therefore, they advocated for a ban. The PMRC linked the band’s songs to themes of sex, bondage, and violence and asserted that they were sexist and pornographic.
Soon enough, Parental Advisory stickers came about, and record companies were required to affix them to their albums.
Snider foresaw that the stickers would not only separate music from children but also create a divide between music and a wider audience. In addition to the stickers, musicians were also compelled to produce a ‘clean’ version to be sold in specific stores.
Snider’s Response To The Censorship
Snider denied all accusations directed at him or Twisted Sister’s work, while he explained the songs one by one and what they really meant. ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ did not promote violence. Instead, it was merely a human rendition of the Road Runner and Coyote cartoon, where the main character endured pain but always bounced back, akin to the cartoon’s theme. According to PMRC’s claims, ‘Under The Blade’ contained sexual innuendos and references to bondage. Snider argued that the song was composed for his Ojeda before surgery and solely depicted the singer’s hospital experience.
Snider also accused the PMRC of lying about the sale of T-shirts with explicit imagery, such as women in handcuffs. He stated that they never sold such T-shirts and emphasized their stance against sexism in all aspects of their lives.
While Snider refrained from commenting on other bands or musicians, he made it clear that music is subjective, and its interpretation depends largely on the listener’s perspective.
Additionally, he later stated in response to a fan’s tweet that the sticker was never the problem, but the restriction it caused was.
You can see the recent interview below.