The New York Post reports:

Think twice before taking on the vintage band T-shirt trend — at least, if you’re anywhere in the vicinity of Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider.

The rocker took to Twitter earlier this week to vent about nonmetal fans wearing vintage metal band T-shirts.

For Snider, it’s “sickening” and disrespectful to wear band merch unless you’re a true fan of the group.

His tweets stated:

“Gotta say, this new trend of non-metal fans wearing vintage metal T’s if pretty sickening. Metal is not ironic! Dicks.”

“It’s not just the wearing of our metal T’s, it’s their cherry picking of our style #skulls #metalhorns These are OUR symbols; OUR image.”

“And does it? At least @ladygaga talks about being a fan of metal i n interviews – is seen at concerts. Does Kim & Kanyea?”

Evidently, Snider doesn’t appreciate how awesome vintage band tees look on fashion heavy hitters, including the likes of Kendall Jenner, Alessandra Ambrosio and Hailey Baldwin.

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  • TCcutwire on

    I guess I see it as an opportunity to strike up a conversation about the band and genre in general. I don’t see anything wrong with it. I’m proud of my musical choices throughout the years but if whomever wants to wear a shirt for whatever reason at very least the band gets noticed….Does it really affect the band negatively? It’s not a Beavis and Butthead episode.

    • Dana on

      In my humble opinion, having The Kardashians, Justin Bieber, Kayne West, etc. wearing hard rock/metal shirts is actually worse than a Beavis and Butthead episode. 😉

    • shannon mehaffey on

      The point that Dana and Dee make here is that these no-talent people whose only claim to fame is ..lineage and $$$$$$$… are attempting to equate themselves with authentic legends by way of wearing these shirts. The culture today is at once stupider and more nuanced at the same time. I.e, no one back in the 80s or even mid 90s would’ve thought that something so stupid could even be perceived as legit.

  • Rattlehead on

    Preach it, Dana! I agree! At least Beavis and Butthead were rock/metal heads! :o)

    • Dana on

      LOL!! Unfortunately, that show did manage to severely damage Winger’s career. Such a shame too, because they were all good musicians.

      Too bad Stewie couldn’t wear a Kayne West shirt (I say this clearly knowing this was WAY before his time, but you get the idea). Oh wait, but Kayne is heralded as a musical genius, MAJOR EYE ROLL.

    • Keith G on

      First off, I have to say I was a big BEAVIS and BUTTHEAD fan back in the day. That show was hilarious! Sorry, Dana! But I agree with Dana concerning Kanye. If hear one more time what a musical genius that guy is, I may have to go postal on someone!

    • Dana on

      I like them too, I just felt think Winger got a somewhat raw deal.

    • TCcutwire on

      Good point on the Beavis and Butthead comment Dana….but taking it into the current time frame and status of some of these bands, who I still listen to on a daily basis and go to live every chance I get….I remember the B&B episode and YES I was a Winger, AC/DC and Metallica fan and still am…it was brutal for Winger at that time along with many other bands I would have to say too. So I don’t think this has quite the impact that did back then in my view. I do agree that these folks most likely no nothing about these bands….but hey that’s also an assumption isn’t it? Most people look and me and think I like Country or Jazz music….ugh. 😉

    • Dana on

      Awww, there is NOTHING wrong with that, I am sure you have metal twinkle in your eye, unlike Kayne-LOL!

  • Tyger of Pan Tang on

    Somehow, this is a case of cultural appropriation the Social Justice Warriors aren’t going to be taking up anytime soon.

    • Dana on

      LOL!!! Excellent point.

  • Keith G on

    I agree with Dee on this. Back in the day, the folks wearing the Metal tour shirts were the outcasts. They were the kids the “cool kids” picked on. They were called freaks and losers by the preppie kids and the jocks. I know, because I was one of them. We didn’t care though, because we knew that our music was the best. It wasn’t a fashion trend, it was a lifestyle! When I see a Justine Bieber, any Kardashian, or anyone other Hollywood poser wearing these shirts, it pisses me off! That’s because I know that those people know NOTHING about the bands that are on those shirts. I know what those of us who supported those bands went through when we wore those shirts. It meant something to us to support those bands, and to represent our music to the world. We weren’t wearing those shirts to be fashionable, we were wearing them to NOT be fashionable!

    • Dana on

      Perfectly stated, Keith.

  • DR Is Live on

    Dee Snider took his 15 minutes and made it last more than 30 years. For that I give him credit. He’s essentially the Kardashian of the Metal industry.

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