Twisted Sister icon Dee Snider spoke in an interview at the Rocavaka vodka launch party and said that Mötley Crüe’s ‘The Dirt’ upset many people, but they cannot change what happened in the past.
Mötley Crüe’s biopic, ‘The Dirt,’ was digitally released on Netflix on March 22, 2019. While MTV Films and Paramount Pictures bought the film adaptation right of the band’s autobiography book, ‘The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band,’ in 2006, they couldn’t start to shoot the film due to problems related to the director and cast members. Then, Netflix purchased the rights in March 2017 and started filming in February 2018.
However, the film received mostly negative reviews from critics, while the fans reacted positively. Critics especially attacked the depiction of women in the biopic and described it as misogynistic at some points. The band members’ treating women like objects to be used and thrown away received a severe backlash in the reviews of the film.
Dee Snider also addressed the adverse reactions to the biopic and said that he understands it upset many people due to the objectified depiction of women, yet it was what happened in the ’80s. The rocker stated that we could not change the past, but we could stop acting similarly. He doesn’t like it when people censor history and compare it to today since he doesn’t think it does any good. According to Snider, we need to acknowledge that good and bad things happened in the past and move forward rather than constantly going back and talking about the things we cannot change.
“You saw the movie ‘The Dirt’ from Mötley Crüe?! And many people are very upset that the movie showed women objectified. And they said, ‘It was the ’80s. That was what was happening. That happened.’ You can’t change the past. You can say, ‘Okay, we’re not gonna do that anymore.’
That’s what bothers me; when people try to want to go back in time and somehow censor the past and change the past. We’ve gotta recognize that things happened, good things and bad things happened, and if we want to make changes, make them moving forward, not going back and changing what happened.”