Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong Changes “American Idiot” Lyrics to Denounce ‘MAGA Agenda’

In a recent live performance on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, Green Day surprised fans by changing the lyrics to their popular rock hit “American Idiot” — advertising their lack of support for former president Donald Trump.

The lyric change

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The 2004 hit has long been a fan-favorite, but during the band’s most recent performance, lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong decided to change the lyrics. The original song goes, “I’m not a part of a redneck agenda,” but Armstrong instead sang, “I’m not a part of the MAGA agenda.”

Long-standing disapproval

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This isn’t the first time that Green Day have publicly expressed their disapproval of Trump. Back in 2016, Armstrong encouraged crowds to chant, “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA” at the American Music Awards.

Public criticism

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In the same year, the band spoke politics at the MTV EMA Awards. Armstrong told the audience, “It’s nice to be out of America just for a second, because of this horrendous election that’s going on right now. Our entire country is about to have one big, collective heart attack.”

Controversial comparisons

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In 2018, during a small Green Day concert at Cannes Lions in France, Armstrong once again criticized Trump. The lead singer stated that he hated the former president, comparing him to a bad drug trip.

No holding back

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In an interview with Rolling Stone in 2017, Armstrong explained, “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.”

Cher speaks out

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Green Day aren’t the first celebrities to publicly share their disdain for Trump. In a recent interview with The Guardian, Cher stated that she’d leave the country if Trump were to be re-elected. The singer also said, “I almost got an ulcer the last time.”

De Niro’s critique

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Actor Robert De Niro has also been vocal about his lack of support for the former president. At the 2023 Gotham Awards, he told the audience, “The former President lied to us more than 30,000 times during his four years in office. And he’s keeping up the pace in his current campaign of retribution. But in all his lies, he can’t hide his soul.”

Ongoing verbal assault

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De Niro’s public criticism of Trump is nothing new. His verbal onslaught started in 2016, when he labeled the former president “blatantly stupid” and “totally nuts.” When the COVID-19 pandemic emerged, he further referred to Trump as a “lunatic” and attacked his handling of the crisis.

Mixed reactions

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While these public statements are largely supported by fans and social media users alike, Green Day’s latest move drew criticism from some, including Elon Musk, who has recently voiced support for Trump.

Musk’s social media jab

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Replying to a video of the incident that was posted on X, Musk, who took over the platform in 2022, mocked the band. He wrote, “Green Day goes from raging against the machine to milquetoastedly raging for it.”


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