TWISTED SISTER has slammed Australian mining magnate Clive Palmer for using a re-written version of the band’s classic song “We’re Not Gonna Take It” in connection with his political party.
The former federal MP for Fairfax from 2013 to 2016, Palmer said his now-defunct Palmer United party has become the United Australia party, and will contest the next federal election. His early election advertising signaled his desire to “Make Australia Great,” presumably in a bid to hitch himself to Donald Trump-style populism in the United States.
Earlier today, TWISTED SISTER guitarist Jay Jay French tweeted: “TWISTED SISTER does not endorse Australian politician Clive Palmer, never heard of him and was never informed of Clive Palmer‘s use of a re-written version of our song Were Not Gonna Take It. We receive no money from its use and we are investigating how we can stop it.”
Singer Dee Snider concurred, tweeting: “No we do not endorse @PalmerUtdParty! We are contacting our legal team to address this and if that doesn’t work…I’LL BE DOWN UNDER IN THREE WEEKS TO DEAL WITH IT MYSELF!”
Last month, Snider implied that he would approve Palmer‘s use of “We’re Not Gonna Take It” if the politician advocated legalized abortion.
“Here’s the bottom line…is he pro-choice?” Dee wrote when asked if TWISTED SISTED gave Palmer permission to use “We’re Not Gonna Take It”. “All choices? If he ain’t…he ain’t down with Dee! ‘We’ve got the right to CHOSE and there ain’t no way we’ll lose it! This is our life this is our song!'”