Three decades after Tipper and Al Gore criticized the music and beliefs of Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider, the singer/actor pointed out that his family might have set a better example than the Gores.
“In 1985, I was under attack by the PMRC and I went to Washington, where Tipper and Al Gore took me to task and questioned my beliefs, questioned everything about me,” Snider told Steve Malzberg on Newmax TV’s "The Steve Malzberg Show."
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“Cut to 30 years later, I’m still married, none of my kids have been busted for possession. Can Al and Tipper say the same thing? Oh, no, they can’t!” Snider said.
The PMRC, or Parents Music Resource Center, was a committee formed in 1985 to help parents gain more control over the music their kids were listening to. Twisted Sister’s songs came under attack for promoting violence, sadomasochism and bondage.
Snider told Malzberg that he’s particularly proud of his 32-year marriage to his wife, Suzette.
“It was probably one of the wisest choices I made,” he said. “I made a lot of mistakes in my life, but one I did not make was I recognized that I was meeting somebody who loved me for who I was when I had nothing. If you hang onto someone like that and you don’t screw up, they’ll be with you through it all. I’ve been through career ups and downs, and never for a moment did I think that Suzette might leave me.”
Despite past problems with PMRC and the Gores, Snider said he doesn’t "buy into" all the scandals about political parties these days.
“I don’t get caught up in all that stuff too much,” he said. “Really, the media just blows these things up, internationally, not just our media, all over the place. When the left screws up, the right pounces. When the right screws up, the left pounces.
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“I just wish they would get something done,” he said, adding that he would start with changing the tax situation, which favors the wealthy. “I’m more in favor of the little guy. Even though I’m wealthy, I was a little guy once, and I’d like to see it be fairer to the little guy.”
Snider stars on Tuesdays at 10:30 p.m. ET in the second season of "Holliston," a FEARnet original series.
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