Green Day Rocker Quits America over Abortion: 'I’m Renouncing My Citizenship!'
Singer Billie Joe Armstrong says US is a 'miserable f**king excuse for a country'
Billie Joe Armstrong, the singer of the rock band Green Day, has vowed to quit America over the Supreme Court's decision to overturn the Roe v. Wade abortion ruling.
In a hate-filled, profanity-laced outburst during a Friday evening concert in London, Armstrong promised to renounce his American citizenship.
The rocker insisted that he wasn’t kidding and that he intended to move to the United Kingdom instead.
Armstrong, who has never been shy about expressing his political opinions, was responding to the Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
The ruling overturned the landmark abortion decisions in both Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.
“F**k America, I’m f**king renouncing my citizenship,” Armstrong told the crowd, a video posted to Twitter shows.
He continues by calling the US a "miserable f**cking excuse for a country."
However, as many pointed out, Armstrong has a lot to be thankful for.
"Hey Billie Joe—this is the country that made your career,” Twitter user Julia tweeted, sharing a video of Armstrong’s comments.
“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.”— Julia 🇺🇸 (@Jules31415) June 27, 2022
Hey Billie Joe—this is the country that made your career.pic.twitter.com/eDVQzxseJm
"F**k America, I’m f**king renouncing my citizenship, I’m f**king coming here,” Armstrong announced at the beginning of the show.
"There’s too much f**king stupid in the world to go back to that miserable f**king excuse for a country,” he continued, and he paused for a moment as the crowd cheered.
"Oh, I’m not kidding, you’re going to get a lot of me in the coming days.”
"Fox Across America” radio host and comedian Jimmy Faila responded to Armstrong’s comments in a tweet, saying, “Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong says he’s renouncing citizenship and moving to the UK over the repeal of Roe V Wade.
"Someone should probably tell him Europe has much stricter abortion limits than the U.S. does.
"Actually, on second thought …”
“The good news just keeps pouring in. Bye bye loser,” @catturd2 added.
Attendees at Friday’s show also claimed that Armstrong yelled “f**k the Supreme Court of America” before opening the band’s hit song “American Idiot” — which he has said was written out of frustration with political leadership in the United States.
He has previously performed in front of a backdrop that read “F*** Ted Cruz,” and a couple of tracks from the album “American Idiot” — released in September of 2004 — were written to be a critique of the politicians and media who colored public perception of the war in Iraq.
"I would never think of American Idiot as being about the Bush administration specifically,” Armstrong told The Spin at the time.
"It’s about the confusion of where we’re at right now.”
"The world’s in a confused state,” bassist Mike Dirnt added.
"I’m pissed off, and I’m angry, and I feel like I’m not fully represented.”