Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong says he will ‘give up’ US citizenship to Roe v. Wade – National
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Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong told fans during a concert in London that he would give up his US citizenship, just hours after the US Supreme Court overturned the Roe case sue Wade.
For 50 years, Roe v. Wade has set a legal precedent guaranteeing abortion rights in a decision Friday in the United States by a conservative majority, now that individual states ban or restrict abortion.
Armstrong, 50, addressed the widely criticized ruling during Friday’s performance of his Hella Mega tour, which other headliners included Weezer, Fall Out Boy and others.
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“F-k American. I am the king giving up my citizenship. I’m the king coming here,” Armstrong told concertgoers in the UK.
Addressing to cheers from the audience, Armstrong continued, “There are too many stupid f-kings in the world to go back to f-king’s miserable excuse for a country.”
Armstrong appeared serious about his intentions, telling fans to brace themselves: “You’re going to get a lot out of me in the coming days.”
Green Day has long been criticized by the US government, especially by conservative political circles. Their 2004 hit American idiot is a protest song commonly used and written in response to the US invasion of Iraq.
According to British reports, Armstrong said, “F – k the Supreme Court of America” before playing the song.
Reactions to Armstrong’s announcement on social media were mixed, with some protesting the decision and others arguing it was in keeping with Green Day politics. Others wondered if he really made it through.
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Armstrong is not the only artist to oppose Roe v. Wade. Glastonbury Festival took place in the UK over the weekend and performers Olivia Rodrigo, Phoebe Bridgers, Megan Thee Stallion and Kendrick Lamar used their time on stage to condemn the ruling.
Rodrigo with England’s Lily Allen on stage to sing Allen’s hit F – k Friendsdedicated to five Supreme Court justices who voted to overturn precedent.
Rodrigo said she was “deeply horrified and devastated” by the news that abortion would no longer be a federally guaranteed right. “A lot of women and a lot of girls will die from this,” she said.
Bridgers leads the song “F-k Supreme Court” on her set, and Megan Thee Stallion declares, “My body is my mother’s choice – my king.”
On Sunday night, Lamar donned a fake bloody tiara and ended her performance by chanting “Women’s Speed, they judge you, they judge Christ.”
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