In an interview at the Rocavaka vodka launch party, Twisted Sister legend Dee Snider stated that Motley Crüe’s ‘The Dirt’ offended many people, but they cannot change the past. The Dirt, the biopic of Motley Crüe, was released digitally on Netflix on March 22, 2019. In 2006, MTV Films and Paramount Pictures acquired the film adaptation rights to the band’s autobiography, ‘The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band.’ However, due to issues with the director and cast members, they were unable to begin filming. Then, in March 2017, Netflix acquired the rights and production began in February 2018.
However, the majority of critics gave the film negative reviews, while fans responded positively. At times, the portrayal of women in the biopic was deemed particularly misogynistic by critics. In the film’s reviews, the band members’ treatment of women as objects to be used and discarded received a severe backlash.
Dee Snider also addressed the negative reactions to the biopic, stating that he understands that the objectified depiction of women offended many people, but that this was the reality in the 1980s. The rock star stated that we cannot alter the past, but we can stop behaving similarly. He dislikes it when people censor history and compare it to the present, as he believes it serves no purpose. According to Snider, we must acknowledge that both positive and negative events occurred in the past and then move forward, rather than dwelling on the things we cannot alter. Dee Snider remarked on the Motley Crüe biopic:
“You saw the Motley Crüe film ‘The Dirt’?! And many people are outraged that the film depicted women as objects. They then stated, “It was the 1980s.” This was the circumstance. That occurred.’ One cannot alter the past. You can say, “Okay, we’re no longer going to do that.” This is what irritates me: when people attempt to change or censor the past by traveling back in time. We must acknowledge that things have occurred, both good and bad, and if we wish to make changes, we must do so by moving forward and not by attempting to alter the past. The remainder of the conversation can be viewed below.
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