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Billie Joe Armstrong announces he is renouncing his US citizenship: ‘a sad excuse for a country’

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Green Day frontman Billy Joe Armstrong announced he plans to renounce US citizenship and move to the UK following the Supreme Court’s decision on abortion rights.

The “American Idiot” singer was performing at a concert in London on Friday night when he made the announcement. “There’s too much f***ing idiot in the world to go back to that pathetic f**king excuse for the country,” Armstrong said. “Oh, I’m not kidding, you’re going to get me a lot in the days to come,” he continued.

The rocker shouted “F*** the Supreme Court of America” ​​before launching into a passionate rendition of the band’s anti-war anthem.

“American Idiot”, the title track from Green Day’s album of the same name, was released in August 2004. The record was written under the presidency of George W. Bush, who led the US in the Iraq War after the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

On Friday, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade’s federal abortion protection, leaving the decision on reproductive rights to individual states.

The decision came in a case involving Mississippi law, which banned abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, and the court overturned the decision of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which blocked the measure.

This decision has led 22 states to pass trigger laws to ensure an immediate ban on abortion.

Armstrong joined a growing number of celebrities speaking out against the decision to polarize the American institution. Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Olivia Rodrigo, Jack White, Pearl Jam, Lizzo and countless other artists have criticized the measure both on stage and on social media.

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