Dee Snider is the latest musician to come out against Vice President-hopefully-not Paul Ryan, according to Spin.
Ryan had been campaigning to the tune of Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” and Snider took apparent offense, making it perfectly clear he was anti-Ryan on his website. (What is it with political campaigns and this song?) Snider says,
“There is almost nothing on which I agree with Paul Ryan, except perhaps the use of the P90X.”
Snider’s protest follows on the heels of protest-rocker and Raging Machine-opponent Tom Morello, who defined Ryan as the very subject of his anti-corporate raging.
What do you expect when your running-mate believes “corporations are people,” and is the all-around anti-Robin Hood (almost said -christ). These viewpoints are the exact antithesis of what punk rock is about.
Surely Ryan can talk about how much he loves REO Speedwagon, Sting, and Kenny G without receiving so much the backlash. And then there’s always Ted Nugent, if you’re looking to secure the animal-killing, gun-nut vote (although Romney’s putting a dog on the roof of his car probably secured that vote already).
The creative community by-and-large is always going to reject the premise of a misanthropic greed-champion representing the people. ‘Me’ isn’t the only people there is.