It’s been some time since Green Day used anti-Americanism as a vehicle to fill their pockets “bravely” stood up to George Bush and single handedly saved the nation. Some might be confused as to how the same guy who saved the First Amendment from Bush and Co. did so when his own definition of free speech mirrors Mahmoud Ahmadinejad:
Word leaked out that they were making a rock opera. “I looked on the message board,” says Armstrong, “and some kids thought we were crazy. It’s like, ‘Fuck it, take the message board down,’ (Rolling Stone Magazine).
Don’t worry about it. The fact that Billie Joe Egoweak Armstrong turns into a Communist China censorship cop in the face of pimply criticism has nothing to do with his ability to liberate a nation from redneck, racist, homophobic bigots.
What made Billie Joe so “brave” back in the day? Apparently, wanting to choke people he disagreed with politically:
“…frontman BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG would throttle US President GEORGE W BUSH if the two were left alone together – and he’d enjoy doing it.”
Like the first example, don’t let Armstrong’s tinctures of real life dictators, despots, and the their sadistic offspring fool you. He’s a patriot, which this blog intends to demonstrate.
For instance, have you heard about Green Day’s new rock opera lampooning the Obama administration for not closing Guantanamo Bay? Have you read the lyrics for “American Idiot II”, in which Armstrong goes full-anthem over Obama’s tacit approval of torture, Cheney-style? And have you heard the chord arrangement that screams Hulk-Green rage over our current War-monger in Chief?
No? Well, truth be told…neither have I.
Maybe he’s working on a musical to Chol-hwan Kang’s haunting portrayal of life inside North Korea’s modern day gulags in Aquariums of Pyongyang, but something inside says “don’t hold your breath.”
Billie Joe Armstrong: sunshine patriot. Somewhere, Thomas Paine is nodding his head in agreement.