Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider took his official Twitter account to respond to his followers’ questions. When a user asked about whether he gets paid by people using ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It,’ Snider said it is ‘nothing significant.’

As you may know, some protesters started demonstrations in New Zealand against pandemic restrictions several days ago. They mainly protested vaccine mandates and other COVID regulations. The demonstrations have been still going on although the authorities try to suppress them by using some creative solutions.

The government came up with a plan to use a sound system that would produce loud music and cover the vaccine messages. Thus, they repetitively played some Barry Manilow songs and the Latin hit, ‘Macarena,’ to disturb the protesters. Then, the protesters responded to them by playing their own songs, including Twisted Sister’s ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It.’ Upon seeing that, a user shared a link about the news and tagged Dee Snider.

The user asked what Snider feels about it and the rocker replied that he wrote this song for everyone to reflect their own protest. Although he can’t choose where or in what ways it is used, he can still state his opinion from time to time. The song is famous for being used also for many other protests all around the world. Later on, another Twitter user asked Snider whether he gets paid for his song’s usage. Dee Snider responded by saying that he gets paid a really small amount of money so it is ‘nothing significant.’ He said he needs a great number of people using it to make any profit.

A user asked:

“How do you feel about the protestors using your song? P.S. Thanks for some great songs which helped me with growing up.”

Dee Snider replied:

“I wrote ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ to be a song each individual puts their own protest or push back into. While I may not agree with some of the things it’s used to fight, I can’t pick & choose the ones I want. From time to time I will say something to distance myself, but…”

Another user wrote:

“I’m wondering if you’re getting royalties from its usage? Can’t a musician get a buck or two!? Damn it all! Lol!”

Snider’s reply:

“For any kind of stadium or outside broadcast, people pay a small amount of money for usage. Nothing significant really. You need a whole bunch of people using it this way to add up to anything.”

You can check out the tweets below.