Kiss frontman Paul Stanley raised eyebrows recently when he commented about transition surgery, calling it a “dangerous fad.” He explained how adults confuse “teaching acceptance” with “normalizing and encouraging” a difficult emotional situation, especially in terms of kids with gender dysphoria. When he called transitioning a “dangerous fad,” he was simply stating what the vast majority of people believe.
Now, a very Twisted Sister is also speaking out in defense of Paul Stanley.
Dee Snider, frontman of the 80s band Twisted Sister, is no stranger to androgeny. Ironically, most bands from his era routinely wore wigs, spandex, makeup, and eyeliner, but everyone knew it was showmanship, not gender confusion. In a Tweet, Snider seemed to back Stanley.
Outkick had this to say:
Twisted Sister has an album called Under The Blade, and while that title is a reference to throat surgeries, frontman Dee Snider is the sensible type who feels that kids aren’t prepared to make their own decisions when it comes to going under the blade.
At least not when it comes to receiving medical treatment to change genders.
— Dee Snider🇺🇸🎤 (@deesnider) May 1, 2023
While Snider was once the rebel rocker responsible for teen anthems like “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “I Wanna Rock,” in recent years, he has been very vocal in his support for lockdowns, mandates, and other destructive aspects of the far-left liberal agenda.
Transitioning kids is too much, even for a leftist like Snider. Paul Stanley and Kiss have also been big supporters of many lefty policies, especially where mandates and vaccines are concerned. Much like Snider, Stanley has drawn the line at surgery. Voicing support for Paul Stanley is a decided break from Snider’s norm and a welcome voice for common sense.
Snider raises a great point: how many kids over the decades could’ve been coerced into transitioning had they grown up today? Well, probably everyone who played in Motley Crüe, Poison, Warrant, or any other glam metal band from the ’80s.
Again to rational people, Stanley’s comments and Sniders’ agreement with him are not controversial in the least. Most probably agree with them word for word.
Of course, San Francisco Pride is upset over Snider’s agreement with Stanley’s comments as they were going to announce Twisted Sister’s famous anti-establishment song “We’re Not Gonna Take It” as the official anthem of Pride 2023. It is ironic that the group that is most forced upon the general populace feels the need to use an anti-establishment song to get their point across, as they are now generally the establishment.
There is no reason they can’t continue to use the song, as transitioning a child has absolutely nothing to do with pride and everything to do with a need for expanded mental health services and education. In fact, gender dysphoria shouldn’t even be lumped in with the LGBTQ movement.
The two things can exist separately. Sensible people like Dee Snider and Paul Stanley aren’t afraid to point that out, even if some people aren’t listening. Despite the blowback, neither Stanley nor Snider cares. They aren’t cancelable and have very profitable careers in their rearview mirrors, enabling them to speak without fear.
It is a nice change of direction for Stanley and Snider. They both seemed to become MORE establishment in the twilight of their careers. Rock and roll is about rebellion and anti-establishment, and many aging rockers have seemed to do a 180-degree shift toward agreeing with “the man.” Just check out Rage Against the Machine. They are raging FOR the machine, as many aging rockers seem to be.
It’s a sad trend for many of us to see the heroes of our youth become spokesmen for big pharma and the left, so when Kiss and Twisted Sister make an about-face on any subject, it is welcomed. Hopefully, more artists and celebrities will speak up in defense of children and common sense when it comes to transitioning minor children.
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