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27th Jun 2022

Green Day frontman ‘renouncing US citizenship’ over Roe v Wade ruling

Charlie Herbert

Green Day frontman says he is renouncing US citizenship

The singer labelled the US a ‘miserable f**king excuse for a country’

Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has said he will renounce his US citizenship following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v Wade.

Last week, the US Supreme Court effectively outlawed or criminalised abortion in roughly half of the US after it overturned key precedents set by the 1973 court case Roe v Wade.

Over the weekend, Green Day were performing at the London Stadium when Armstrong, 50, voiced his outrage at the decision, telling the crowd he would be renouncing his American citizenship.

“F**k America, I’m f**king renouncing my citizenship,” he said. “I’m f**king coming here.”

“There’s just too much f**king stupid in the world to go back to that miserable f**king excuse for a country,” the ‘American Idiot’ singer added. “Oh, I’m not kidding. You’re going to get a lot of me in the coming days.”

Across the weekend, a number of musicians performing at Glastonbury have called out the Supreme Court for the decision.

On Sunday night, Kendrick Lamar finished his stunning headline set with a powerful statement that was seemingly in response to the ruling, chanting “Godspeed for women’s rights” before walking off stage.

New Zealand singer Lorde had graced the Pyramid Stage immediately before Kendrick, and also referenced the Supreme Court.

She told the crowd: “Wanna hear a secret girls? Your bodies were destined to be controlled and objectified since before you were born.

“That horror is your birthright. But here’s another secret. You possess ancient strength. Ancient wisdom. Wisdom that has propelled every woman that came before you.

“That wisdom is also your birthright. I ask you today, make exercising that wisdom your life’s work because everything depends on it. F*** the Supreme Court.”

On the Friday, Billie Eilish, Phoebe Bridgers and UK rock band Idles were just some of the acts who mentioned the ruling during their sets.

And Olivia Rodrigo invited Lily Allen on stage during her set to perform Allen’s song ‘F**k You’, dedicating the song to “the five members of the Supreme Court who have showed us that at the end of the day, they truly don’t give a s**t about freedom.”

At least 25 states are now poised to introduce new laws, or reactivate old ones, making it illegal to access abortion following the court’s decision. In some instances, this could include where the baby was conceived as a result of rape or incest.

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