Dee Snider Explains Why He Won’t Apologize for Gender-Affirming Care Comments
Dee Snider is not backing down from his recent comments in support of Paul Stanley’s opinion on gender-affirming care.
To recap: Stanley shared a statement on April 30 across multiple social media platforms titled “My Thoughts On What I’m Seeing.” The statement contained multiple inaccuracies pertaining to parents seeking gender-affirming care for their trans/non-binary children. (A breakdown and examination of those inaccuracies can be read in the article below.) Snider would later retweet Stanley’s statement and said, “You know what? There was a time where I “felt pretty” too. Glad my parents didn’t jump to any rash conclusions! Well said, @PaulStanleyLive.”
While Stanley later walked back his statement, Snider has not. In fact, the Twisted Sister frontman appears to be doubling-down saying in a new interview with Fox News Digital, “You don’t have to cave, you don’t have to apologize if you did nothing wrong.”
Snider continued, “If you did something wrong, you know? If you did something wrong, you raped a woman, yeah you gotta do more than apologize, but at the same time that’s not something you stand strong about. But if you have a position and a belief and people come at you for it, everybody is folding!”
Snider then compared his controversy to one RuPaul faced after saying he likely wouldn’t allow a transgender woman to participate on RuPaul’s Drag Race after they transitioned and had surgery to alter their body.
“The same time my thing was going, RuPaul was apologizing cause he said he wouldn’t have trans women on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race.’ And he apologized and took it back cause they freaked out,” said Snider. “Well what’s wrong with that statement? It’s called the ‘Drag Race.’ Dressing in drag is men dressing as women – now we’re accepting that you’re a woman, so a woman dressing as a woman? That’s not a trick.” (It should be noted that the RuPaul controversy Snider is referring to actually happened in March 2018.)
As for Stanley walking back his initial comments, Snider said, “People are so quick to apologize when they’ve done nothing wrong. And Paul immediately apologized and he didn’t say anything wrong. You know, and he took back his words, and I won’t do it.”