It would appear that celebrities are now political experts, after a string of public comments and protests have been made by a number of artists post Donald Trump’s election victory.
While Lady Gaga and Madonna took to the streets, Lenha Dunham and Katy Perry to social media, the latest to jump on the #lovetrumpshate bandwagon are Punk Rock band, who vocalized their distaste for the President-elect at the American Music Awards.
Punk rockers Green Day performed their new song, Bang Bang, on Sunday night and at about half way through, broke off to chant, “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA!”
Judging by the standing ovation at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, the majority of the audience agreed with their statement. Green Day was also greeted with a wave of support from fans on social media.
This isn’t the first time Green Day front man Billy Joe Armstrong has been vocal about his opinion on Trump. Last week in an interview with Noisey, Armstrong said: “Hillary lost and it’s over. As far as I’m concerned it was fair and square. But I look at the kind of campaign that [Trump] ran and we’re already seeing the fallout from it. People are saying ‘make America white again’ and putting up swastikas. The KKK and other white supremacist organizations have been emboldened by it. The Republican party is like a big house. There’s the fiscal conservatives, the Christian right, and they left a little bedroom in there for the white supremacists… But they’re like rats, and now the rats have taken over the f—ing house.”
Musical legend Sting picked up a Lifetime Achievement award and made a political statement of his own, with a more toned-down speech, saying: “It’s important for me, as a musical migrant, to acknowledge the very real debt I already owe to American music… a giant musical jam session where the doors were always open. Open to all comers, and the spirit of welcome and inclusion of rhythm and passion is what made this country the greatest country in the world.”