Over the last few years, we've been seeing more and more rappers and pop stars wearing vintage heavy metal tee shirts.
Dee Snider, frontman of the popular 80s heavy metal band Twisted Sister, isn't feeling the trend one bit.
The 62-year old jumped on Twitter and issued his complaint:
Gotta say, this new trend of non-metal fans wearing vintage metal T's if pretty sickening. Metal is not ironic! Dicks.— Dee Snider (@deesnider) October 17, 2017
It's not just the wearing of our metal T's, it's their cherry picking of our style #skulls #metalhorns These are OUR symbols; OUR image.— Dee Snider (@deesnider) October 18, 2017
And does it? At least @ladygaga talks about being a fan of metal i n interviews - is seen at concerts. Does Kim & Kanyea? https://t.co/PAIxrSwXcj— Dee Snider (@deesnider) October 18, 2017
Yes we would. But that's not my point. It would be great if they were embracing the music as well, but they are just "cherry picking". https://t.co/lnKmNDFg5s— Dee Snider (@deesnider) October 18, 2017
And that's what HELPS to expose new people to the music.n Not just wearing a shirt. https://t.co/al9DZQo1Es— Dee Snider (@deesnider) October 18, 2017
That's right! We literally fought to look the way we did against the same people who want to look like us! https://t.co/SBBLjlxbCo— Dee Snider (@deesnider) October 18, 2017
This isn't the first time Kanye has drawn the ire of a metal artist for wearing the wrong shirt. Earlier this year, the headbangers of Cradle of Filth mocked 'Ye when they spotted him sporting their imagery.
Are you being a "dick" if you use the styles of a musical genre you're not really into?
[Related: Gene Simmons of Kiss says Rap will be dead in ten years.]