Billie Joel Armstrong, the lead singer of Green Day, is fed up with American politics. After the U.S. Supreme Court overruled Roe v Wade, the 50-year-old vocalist and guitarist from Oakland, California, announced to the fans during a recent performance with the band at the U.K.’s London Stadium that he is abandoning his citizenship.
Armstrong uttered the words “F—- America,” to loud applause from the crowd. “I’m quitting my citizenship like an f—-. I’m coming here like an f—-.” The concert was a stop on Green Day’s Hella Mega Tour, which also featured Weezer and Fall Out Boy.
Armstrong said, “There’s too much f—-ing stupidity in the world to go back to that sad f—-ing excuse for a country. “Oh, I don’t joke. In the next few days, you’ll hear from me a lot.” Since Roe v Wade, the historic 1973 Supreme Court ruling granting women the right to have abortions in any state, was officially overturned on Friday, protests have broken out around the nation, forcing some trigger states to immediately take action to outlaw abortions.
Billie Joe Armstrong, lead singer for the punk rock band Green Day, said he’s “renouncing his citizenship” from the United States, apparently in the wake of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade. https://t.co/W5K5oFxOw6
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The judgment, which was upheld by Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and all three of the Justices named by Donald Trump, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett, has drawn criticism from a number of high-profile individuals.
Phoebe Bridgers led her audience in a chant of “F—- the Supreme Court” while performing at the Glastonbury Festival. Similar behaviour was displayed by Olivia Rodrigo at her festival performance. She summoned Lily Allen on stage and paid tribute to the five Supreme Court Justices who overruled Roe v. Wade by dedicating Allen’s 2009 song “F—- You” to them.
Rodrigo added, “I’m devastated and afraid that so many mothers and so many girls may perish as a result of this. I wanted to dedicate the following song to the five Supreme Court justices who have demonstrated that they genuinely don’t care about freedom at all.