Twisted Sister Threaten to Sue Australian Politician For ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ Parody
Twisted Sister are threatening to take legal action against Australian politician Clive Palmer. The politician rewrote the band’s classic “We’re Not Gonna Take It” for a political ad promoting his bid to re-enter Australian Parliament after the 2019 federal election.
The iconic heavy metal protest anthem is one of the most used songs in American political history, most recently used by Donald Trump in his successful Presidential campaign. Much like Trump, however, Dee Snider is demanding Palmer quit using “We’re Not Gonna Take It.”
Instead of the song just playing at Palmer’s rallies, the right-wing former MP changed its lyrics to “Australia ain’t gonna cop it / No, Australia’s not gonna cop it / Aussies not gonna cop it anymore.” Beyond Palmer’s obvious distain for syllables, Snider objected to the song’s use via tweet:
Guitarist Jay Jay French also tweeted his disapproval:
Palmer has responded to the Twisted duo, threatening to counter-sue. "I wrote the words personally that appear on our promotion and hold the copyright for those words," Palmer says. "If [Twisted Sister] attempt to use my lyrics in any of their songs, I'll not hesitate to take legal proceedings against them. As foreigners, they should stay out of Australian domestic politics and stay where they are. Aussies are not going to cop it at all!"
He also took a jab at Snider's upcoming Australian tour, claiming ticket sales were low. "This is understandable given how long ago they had any influence in the world of music," stated Palmer. [via Sydney Morning Herald]
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