Gone are the days of rock being anti-establishment. Today’s crop of recording artists seems guided by Democratic Party affiliation, and none more so than rocker Billie Joe Armstrong, lead singer of Green Day.
The outspoken left-wing frontman with permanent eyeliner made disparaging marks against President Trump on Thursday, at anti-capitalist, multi-millionaire hypocrite Michael Moore’s one-man Broadway show, The Terms of My Surrender.
“The first time I heard of Trump legitimately running for president,” Armstrong told Moore during the end-of-show onstage interview, “the first thing I thought of was fascism. I was just thinking of all the buildings he’s got his name on. That type of narcissism — wow, that’s not that much different from Saddam Hussein. He’s batsh*t crazy.”
That's a strange assessment of branding from the owner of Green Day, which sells Green Day records, Green Day T-shirts, Green Day posters, Green Day hats, Green Day flags, Green Day patches, Green Day (Billie Joe) masks, Green Day stuffed animals, and Green Day pins…not to mention Green Day swag sold at the (Broadway and touring) Green Day musical.
Armstrong continued, with an unclear characterization of the President: ”This isn't just a Republican that you're dealing with. He’s no longer the leader of the free world. I've never seen a president that was no longer that.”
At the end of the evening’s performance, Moore — a capitalist known for making and selling a movie which raged against capitalism — played "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" and danced for the crowd.
Just prior to the spectacle, Armstrong exited, leaving the audience with a typically absurd characterization of the political right: "[My sons] look at it and they're like, 'We have Satan as the President of the United States.' And I was like, 'We've had Satan before, and we voted Satan out.’"
Over the years, Billie Joe Armstrong’s invective against conservatives and America has gone beyond the pale, and the thought of him passing it along to children is disturbing -- although not nearly as disturbing as the thought of Michael Moore dancing.