Anti-maskers? Absolutely not, he says.
In a tweet, the singer allowed the use of his song and explained why.
“I absolutely approve of Ukrainians using ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ as their battlecry,” the rocker tweeted. “My grandfather was Ukrainian, before it was swallowed up by the USSR after WW2. This can’t happen to these people again!”
But that favor does not extend to anti-maskers, he said, emphasizing that people disregarding public safety measures should not blast the classic tune to show defiance.
Snider has been outspoken with his criticism of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and last week, he shared an old photo of himself wearing a button that said, “Russia sucks.”
“Holy Crap! I’m I actually wearing that pin in what looks like about 1978?! (My Ukrainian grandpa would have been so proud!),” he tweeted.
Snider has said he’s overwhelmed by the response to his tweet allowing use of his song by Ukrainians.
Russia invaded neighboring Ukraine about a week ago, prompting Ukrainians to take up arms and fight back. More than half a million refugees have fled Ukraine, according to the UN.