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Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong told fans at a concert in London that he will renounce his US citizenship just hours after the US Supreme Court overthrown Roe v. Wade.
Roe v. Wade set a legal precedent for 50 years guaranteeing the right to abortion in the US. Friday’s 6-3 decision by a majority conservative bank now leaves individual states open to ban or restrict abortion.
Armstrong, 50, addressed the much-criticized statement during a Friday performance of the Hella Mega tour, which headlined Weezer, Fall Out Boy and others.
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“F–k America. I’m fucking giving up my citizenship. I’m f–king coming here,” Armstrong told British concertgoers.
To cheers from the crowd, Armstrong went on to say, “There’s too much f-king stupid in the world to go back to that wretched f-king excuse for a country.”
Armstrong seemed to take his intentions seriously, telling fans to be prepared: “You’re going to get a lot more from me in the coming days.”
Green Day has long been critical of the US government, especially conservative politics. Their hit from 2004 American idiot is a widely used protest song 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.
Reaction to Armstrong’s announcement on social media has been mixed, with some denouncing the decision and others finding it consistent with Green Day politics. Others wondered if he would really go through with it.
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Armstrong wasn’t the only artist to protest the overthrow of Roe v. Wade. The Glastonbury Festival took place in the UK last weekend and performers Olivia Rodrigo, Phoebe Bridgers, Megan Thee Stallion and Kendrick Lamar used their time on stage to condemn the verdict.
Rodrigo joined British Lily Allen on stage to sing Allen’s hit F–k Youdedicated to the five Supreme Court justices who voted to overturn the precedent.
Rodrigo said she was “terrified and devastated” by the news that abortion would no longer be a federally guaranteed right. “So many women and so many girls will die because of this,” she said.
Bridgers led an “F–k the Supreme Court” chant during her set and Megan Thee Stallion declared, “My body, my mother-king choice.”
On Sunday night, Lamar wore a crown of thrones soaked in fake blood and ended his set singing “Godspeed for women’s rights, they judge you, they judge Christ.”
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