NOTE: This story contains language that may be disturbing to some readers. Please read at your own discretion.
For 50 years, Roe v. Wade set a legal precedent that guaranteed the right to an abortion in the U.S. Friday’s 6-3 decision by a majority conservative bench now leaves individual states open to ban or restrict abortion.
Armstrong, 50, addressed the widely criticized ruling during a Friday performance of the Hella Mega tour, whose other headliners include Weezer, Fall Out Boy, and others.
“F–k America. I’m f–king renouncing my citizenship. I’m f–king coming here,” Armstrong told U.K. concertgoers.
Speaking over cheers from the audience, Armstrong continued, “There’s too much f–king stupid in the world to go back to that miserable f–king excuse for a country.”
Armstrong seemed serious about his intentions, telling fans to be prepared: “You’re going to get a lot more of me in the coming days.”
— oz | wanna be in sløwtøwn (@armstr0ngtyler) June 25, 2022
Green Day has long been critical of the U.S. government, especially conservative politics. Their 2004 hit American Idiot is an often-used protest song and was written in response to the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
According to British reports, Armstrong said, “F–k the Supreme Court of America” before playing the song.
Green Day opening with American Idiot in London tonight just hit right today pic.twitter.com/XUqbLSFe7x
— Charlotte Tobitt (@CharlotteTobitt) June 24, 2022
Reactions to Armstrong’s announcement on social media were mixed, with some denouncing the decision and others finding it in line with Green Day’s politics. Others wondered if he will actually go through with it.
“F*** America, I’m f****** renouncing my citizenship,” lead vocalist and guitarist for Green Day @billiejoe said, as he called the US a “miserable f****** excuse for a country.”
Hey Billie Joe—this is the country that made your career.pic.twitter.com/eDVQzxseJm
— Julia 🇺🇸 (@Jules31415) June 27, 2022
Billie Joe Armstrong is trending because weird ass conservatives are upset that the man in a band who dropped the album “American Idiot” almost 20 years ago still has the same opinion on America.
So do you guys just not have any comprehension skills or?
— 🦃kodieshmodie🥧 (@kodieshmodie) June 26, 2022
Armstrong wasn’t the only artist protesting the overturning of Roe v. Wade. The Glastonbury festival took place in the U.K. 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 joined Britain’s Lily Allen on stage to sing Allen’s hit F–k You, dedicated 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 are going to die because of this,” she said.
olivia rodrigo: “so many women and so many girls are gonna die because of this” no sugarcoating at all! as it SHOULD BE! and then proceeding to call out the 5 members of the Supreme Court!! pic.twitter.com/rv3R6p39Cu
— caro | FAN ACCOUNT (@jelousyliv) June 25, 2022
Bridgers led a “F–k the Supreme Court” chant during her set and Megan Thee Stallion declared, “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 “Godspeed for women’s rights, they judge you, they judge Christ.”
© 2022 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.