Green Day made a political statement by slamming President-elect Donald Trump at the otherwise mild-mannered American Music Awards.
The trio took to stage to perform “Bang Bang” from the band’s most recent album “Revolution Radio” and in the process, vented their feelings about the 2016 election result. While singing the song, which was inspired by the surge of gun violence in the United States, lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong broke off and yelled “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA” while raising his fists in the air.
It was a bold move on Armstrong’s part, but it apparently paid off and the group received a standing ovation from the audience.
Green Day's AMA performance is the first sign of how the arts are going to strike back against the Trump regime— dormammus cheekbones (@LadyEmma91) November 21, 2016
Yes Green Day ????????????????— Barbara Ntumy (@BarbaraNtumy) November 21, 2016
AMAs 2016: Watch Green Day Chant “No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA” | Pitchfork https://t.co/vQieene2XP
If only Green Day had criticised Donald Trump in song before the election, things could have been so different.— Jamie Ross (@JamieRoss7) November 21, 2016
Didn't Trump supporters want a culture where people didn't get so easily offended?? Yet they're crying over a Green Day performance.. #AMAs— J E S S (@psychomaya) November 21, 2016
Green day chanted "No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA." Now Donald Trump will complain about them bullying him and demand an apology at 4 am— OG (@tattedpoc) November 21, 2016
Armstrong has always been vocal about his disdain for Trump and this isn’t the first time he has issued a statement against the billionaire real estate mogul.
Earlier this month, while performing “American Idiot” at the MTV EMAs, Armstrong changed the lyrics to “Can you hear the sounds of hysteria? The subliminal Trump America.”
In an interview with Kerrang Radio in August, he likened Trump to Hitler.
Last week, in an interview with Noisey music channel, he said, “Hillary lost and it’s over. As far as I’m concerned it was fair and square. But I look at the kind of campaign that [Trump] ran and we’re already seeing the fallout from it. People are saying ‘make America white again’ and putting up swastikas. The KKK and other white supremacist organizations have been emboldened by it. The Republican party is like a big house. There’s the fiscal conservatives, the Christian right, and they left a little bedroom in there for the white supremacists… But they’re like rats, and now the rats have taken over the f***ing house.”
Trump has watched the theatrical adaptation of the band’s rock opera “American Idiot” and described it as an “amazing experience.”
Melania and I saw American Idiot on Broadway last night and it was great. An amazing theatrical experience!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2010
It seems after the band’s very vocal denunciation of him on so many occasions, Trump may not continue to be a fan. But apparently, Green Day doesn’t care about it one whit.
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