Hollywood stars are oftentimes the target of political rhetoric. Speaking openly about their political views but being typecast (so to speak) socially as mindless actors, actresses, artists and musicians, they are not taken seriously by most. But Republican Vice-Presidential candidate Paul Ryan is taking at least one iconic American idol seriously. It seems he’s started poking fun at Dee Snider, lead singer for the rock band Twisted Sister, for not letting his campaign posse play his hit tune “We’re Not Gonna Take It” anymore.
CNN news reports, “According to Talking Points Memo, Ryan apparently played the Twisted Sister track “We’re Not Gonna Take It” at a Pennsylvania rally this week, and Snider … well, he couldn’t take it…” when he found out his song was being used to taunt U.S. president Barack Obama and the Democrats with regard to the 2012 elections.
“I emphatically denounce Paul Ryan’s use of my band Twisted Sister’s song, ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It,’ in any capacity,” [Dee Snider] said in a statement. “There is almost nothing he stands for that I agree with – except the use of P90X.”
Politico reports the Romney – Ryan political team has heeded the message. The site quotes an email from an authorized spokesperson that claims, “We’re Not Gonna play it anymore.”
P90X is a fitness training program known for being strenuous but producing dramatic physical results. Neither Paul Ryan or Dee Snider officially endorse the use of the workout routines, but it is amusing to try to figure out which of the two men could knock each other out if the verbal jabs turned more physically confrontational.
Just think of all the free press the Romney campaign machine could generate if they rented the prospective VP out to kick-box Hollywood stars. Campaign finance reform could get humorous if they held matches in Las Vegas where legal gambling is allowed.
Dee Snider rose to fame politically when he stood up to Tipper Gore (ex-wife of former Vice President Al Gore) back in the 1980s and 1990s to defend rock music. He testified before Congress to help make sure musicians retained their rights to free speech in their artistic work. He appeared on the 2012 season of “Celebrity Apprentice”, the reality television show hosted by famous “birther” scandal instigator Donald Trump.
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