Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider is complaining on social media about Elon Musk allowing free speech on X, formerly known as Twitter — declaring that he is thinking about leaving X and selling his Tesla over Musk’s decision to allow controversial journalist Alex Jones back on the platform.
After vowing to promote freedom of speech on X as much as possible, Musk allowed Jones to return to the platform after a poll resulted in 70% of respondents agreeing that his account should be restored.
“Reinstate Alex Jones on this platform? Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” Musk wrote in the poll’s caption, using the Latin phrase that translates to “The Voice of the people is the voice of God.”
Reinstate Alex Jones on this platform?
Vox Populi, Vox Dei.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 9, 2023
While Rock & Roll was once known as a bastion of counterculture and rebellion, many legendary rock artists have come out in the years since former President Donald Trump was elected and spoken out in favor of censorship and the establishment narrative. Snider is one of them, along with the popular band Rage Against The Machine.
Snider, who is famous for the song “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” is now threatening to leave Musk’s social media platform and sell his Tesla, which is another company Musk owns, over Jones’ reinstatement to X — claiming that allowing him back on the platform “isn’t free speech.”
“So [Musk] has let [Jones] back on the platform & sat in on a forum with AJ & a group of other false prophets?” he wrote in a post on X. “This isn’t free speech. These are awful people knowingly spreading falsehoods with malevolent intent. It may be time to leave X & sell my Tesla. Standby.”
This isn't free speech. These are awful people knowingly spreading falsehoods with malevolent intent.
It may be time to leave X & sell my Tesla. Standby.
— Dee Snider🇺🇸🎤 (@deesnider) December 12, 2023
This isn’t the first time the Twisted Sister singer made false statements about free speech. Several months ago, Snider complained about people being allowed to have free speech on social media — arguing that online speech that “hurt people psychologically” is not acceptable.
In the October 2023 interview with a New Jersey radio station, Snider declared that the Founding Fathers did not mean to include speech that would “endanger” a person’s “mental” health in the First Amendment.
“There’s this idea, and Elon Musk is a champion of it, that free speech is saying anything you want whenever you want. That is not what they meant when they wrote the First Amendment… You never could say something that could endanger someone’s well-being, whether it’s physical or mental, with your words,” Snider claimed, according to Blabbermouth.
“You can’t say things to people or post things online that could hurt people psychologically, mentally and physically destroy their lives. That’s not free speech,” he added.