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'This isn't free speech': Dee Snider threatens to leave X, sell his Tesla over Elon Musk reactivating Alex Jones' account
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'This isn't free speech': Dee Snider threatens to leave X, sell his Tesla over Elon Musk reactivating Alex Jones' account

Rock legend Dee Snider said that Elon Musk allowing controversial talk show host Alex Jones back on his platform was not free speech, just months after saying that online speech that "hurt people psychologically" was not acceptable.

The Twisted Sister singer, famous for the song "We're Not Gonna Take It," took his opinion to X and utilized use his free speech to condemn the reactivation of Jones' account.

"So [Musk] has let [Jones] back on the platform & sat in on a forum with AJ & a group of other false prophets?" Snider wrote. "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."

Musk allowed Jones to return to the platform after posting a poll that garnered more than 2 million votes; it asked "Reinstate Alex Jones on this platform? Vox Populi, Vox Dei."

"Vox populi vox Dei" is a Latin phrase meaning "the voice of the people is the voice of God."

After 70% of respondents chose "yes," Jones was promptly reinstated.

Snider has been an active voice in political discourse in recent years, even specifically addressing Musk and online speech in October 2023. Snider claimed in an interview with a New Jersey radio station that Musk doesn't actually understand free speech.

"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," the artist then stated.

The hair-metal singer also shared his opinion in May 2023 that children have not matured enough mentally to pursue gender transitions.

"I was not aware the Transgender community expects fealty and total agreement with all their beliefs and any variation or deviation is considered 'transphobic,'" Snider wrote after receiving backlash for his comments.

As well, Snider expressed his support for Ukraine in 2020 in regards to the country using his song as an anthem amid the Russian invasion.

"I absolutely approve of Ukrainians using 'We're Not Gonna Take It' as their battlecry [sic]," Snider announced . "My grandfather was Ukrainian, before it was swallowed up by the USSR after WW2. This can't happen to these people again!"

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