Green Day Singer Billie Joe Armstrong yells, “F**k you, Donald Trump!” every show, but says “I want people to feel unity when they come to a show.”
In an interview published in “Rolling Stone” magazine Monday, Armstrong discussed using his performances to hurl the vulgar attack at President Donald Trump.
Aside from dropping the F-Bomb each show, Armstrong says he doesn’t mention Trump that much each night, because he thinks “going negative” is counter-productive.
Plus, the singer says he wants show-goers to “come together” and “feel unity”:
Question: "You do mention Trump onstage though."
Armstrong: “Outside of ‘f*ck you,’ not a real lot, honestly. People know how I feel. I feel like going negative is just throwing fuel on the fire. I feel like the government is trying to create a culture war between us in a lot of ways. They're trying to get between your average citizens based on red and blue. I think we're in a crisis mode right now. For me, it's important to get back to fundamentally what it feels like to be an American.
“We all come from different backgrounds, but we come together and create this world. It's like a microcosm for the rest of the world. I want people to feel unity when they come to a show. At the same time, I'm not going to puss out on saying what I feel about him and his administration.”
And, even in so-called ‘Red States” like Texas, his fans love hearing him insult the president with profanity, he says:
“There are a lot of people in the quote, unquote red states that get a big sense of relief when I say something like ‘F**k you, Trump.’ That's because they're in the minority where they live and at our shows they get this sort of release.”
Armstrong said Trump’s presidency hasn’t softened his contempt for Former President George W. Bush, adding that the Trump administration is currently just “a freak show”:
“No. Bush, as far as I'm concerned, is a war criminal. With Trump, we have no idea. Right now it's just a freak show.”
Still, Armstrong says the band’s music gives voice to the resistance movement against Trump:
“I feel we're a voice to join the resistance. I don't know what shape or form that's going to come in. I mean, you can see a little bit of that now with people showing up at town halls. But it's hard. To think we're only in the second month of this presidency. It's like every day you're fed a different form of bulls**t. I think that's what people are: They're victims of constant bulls**t.”
Green Day subjected viewers to that anti-Trump “voice” last November, when they chanted “No Trump! No KKK! No fascist U.S.A.!” during a live, televised broadcast of the American Music Awards.
Watch Armstrong break into anti-Trump profanity at a Green Day performance.