Dee Snider’s video of acoustic version of “We’re Not Gonna Take It” to fight cancer
Twisted Sister‘s legendary frontman Dee Snider is decidedly getting as much mileage as he can from the group’s hit single “We’re Not Gonna Take It.”
This time, Snider has recorded an acoustic version of the classic song that he wrote to combat cancer and raise funds in that regard. The video was directed by Criss Angel. You can leaner how you can make a difference by going to CrissAngelHELP.com.
The mission statement for the charity is as follows: “The mission of the Johnny Crisstopher Children’s Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, is to raise awareness of pediatric cancer and provide funds for research, treatment, and – ultimately – a cure. Unlike many other non-profit charities, 100% of your donation will go directly to this fight; NOT one cent will be deducted for ANY expenses, salaries, or overhead. Criss Angel has funded the operations of the foundation out of his own pocket since its inception in 2008. It has now become his life’s mission (after working with childhood causes since 2001) when recently his own child, Johnny Crisstopher was diagnosed with leukemia in 2015 at 20 months old.”
Dee Snider‘s acoustic rendition of “We’re Not Gonna Take It”:
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The legacy of the song “We’re Not Gonna Take It” is outlined as follows in Wikipedia (with slight edits):
“The song was used in the commercials for the 2006 movie Charlotte’s Web and also for the film’s website “savewilbur.com”.
VH-1’s series True Spin explains the song as simply an anthem of teen rebellion, but Snider appeared saying that he was happy that long after he’s gone, “any time that the team is down by two, or somebody had a bad day at the office, they’re gonna stand up and sing We’re Not Gonna Take It”.
The song is the theme song of the American reality comedy television series Betty White’s Off Their Rockers.
2012 Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan‘s camp used the song in their campaign, until Snider asked Ryan not to play it anymore; Snider stated that he does not support Ryan and he planned on voting for Obama.
This song is one of the two songs used by the presidential campaign of Donald Trump, during live rally events that have filled venues from 3000 to 33,000. “We’re not gonna take it” is the outro song after the speeches, and the intro song before the speeches is “You’re the best” by Joe Esposito. Dee Snider of Twisted Sister donated the right to play “Were not gonna take it” during the Trump campaign so that the campaign can play the song in public events and without royalties. However, as of May 2016, Snider has asked that Trump stop using the song. Snider stated that, while he initially allowed Trump to use the song because the two are old friends, he does not agree with many of Trump‘s policies and stances and did not want to appear as if he were endorsing Trump. The Trump campaign immediately stopped using the song upon Snider‘s request.
The song was part of the intro for progressive talk host Stephanie Miller until the 2008 election of Barack Obama, when it was replaced by “Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves.
The song also appears in the episode 6 of season 5 of the TV series “Person of Interest“, where it’s sung by Harold Finch during a wedding.
The song was used in two TV spots of the 2015 film, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.
The song was also used in the teaser trailer of the 2016 film, Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life.
The original version of this song was also used in the movie “Iron Eagle” (1986), although it never appeared in the official soundtrack.”