Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider spoke about the rise of cancel culture and political correctness in the social media era, in an interview with Canada’s The Metal Voice.
He said: “I’m into filmmaking now, and me and my filmmaking friends often talk about the fact that a movie like ‘Blazing Saddles’ [the 1974 American satirical Western black comedy film directed by Mel Brooks] could not be made today — it literally could not be made, because it would offend too many people.
“I remember seeing that movie the first time in a theater full of African-Americans in a black neighborhood in a black theater; me and my brother were the only two white people,” he continued. “And I was laughing my ass off. And my friend said, ‘Stop laughing. We’re gonna get our asses kicked.’ And I looked around the theater, and everybody was laughing. I said, ‘Everybody’s laughing.’ It’s funny. Funny is funny.
“It’s odd, because conservatism was ultra-right back in the ’80s. Now it’s shifted toward the left, where you’ve got the liberals saying, ‘Oh, you can’t say that, and you can’t say that, and you can’t say that.’
“So, yeah, [censorship] still around, it’s still an issue. But we’ve just gotta continue to push back and fight.”