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Billie Joe Armstrong of band Green day pointing to crowd
The Real Meaning Behind Green Day's American Idiot Explained
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In the lyrics of their 2004 song "American Idiot," Green Day expresses themselves on protesting and standing up for what you believe in rather than being controlled by the media.
Although the political anthem was released during George W. Bush's presidency, the band insists the song was not solely about that era and considers their music timeless.
Speaking to SPIN in 2004, bassist Mike Dirnt said, "The world's in a confused state. I'm pissed off, and I'm angry, and I feel like I'm not fully represented."
In 2019, Billboard noted that singer Billie Joe Armstrong changed the song’s lyrics at the iHeartRadio festival in Las Vegas, replacing “redneck agenda” with “MAGA agenda.”
He sang, "I'm not part of a MAGA agenda," referencing former president Donald Trump's infamous "Make America Great Again" slogan. In 2020, the slogan was reused by the musician.
In 2020, Armstrong shared part of the "American Idiot" music video on Instagram, citing “America cannot afford another 4 years of Trump in office” and pleading with people to vote.