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Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong told fans at a concert in London that he would renounce his US citizenship, just hours after the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.
For 50 years, Roe v. Wade set a legal precedent that guaranteed the right to abortion in the United States. Friday’s 6-3 decision by a conservative majority bench now leaves individual states open to banning or restricting abortion.
Armstrong, 50, addressed the widely criticized decision during a Friday performance of the Hella Mega Tour, whose other headliners include Weezer, Fall Out Boy and others.
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“F–k America. I’m f–king giving up my citizenship. I’m crazy to come here,” Armstrong told the UK onlookers.
Speaking to cheers from the audience, Armstrong continued, “There are too many stupid f-kings in the world to go back to that miserable f-king excuse for a country.”
Armstrong seemed serious about his intentions, telling fans to brace themselves, “You’re going to get a lot more of me in the next few days.”
Green Day has long been critical of the US government, especially conservative politics. Their 2004 hit american idiot is an oft-used protest song and was written in response to the US invasion of Iraq.
According to UK reports, Armstrong said, “Fk the Supreme Court of America” before playing the song.
Reactions to Armstrong’s announcement on social media have been mixed, with some denouncing the decision and others finding it in line with Green Day policy. Others wondered if he was really going to do 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 this weekend and artists Olivia Rodrigo, Phoebe Bridgers, Megan Thee Stallion and Kendrick Lamar used their time on stage to condemn the decision.
Rodrigo joined Britain’s Lily Allen on stage to sing Allen’s hit Kiss my assdedicated to the five Supreme Court justices who voted to overturn 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 are going to die because of this,” she said.
Bridgers led an “F–k the Supreme Court” chant during her set and Megan Thee Stallion said, “My body my motherf-king choice.”
On Sunday night, Lamar wore a crown of thrones soaked in fake blood and ended his set by chanting, “God damn it for women’s rights, they’re judging you, they’re judging Christ.”
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