I didn't watch the American Music Awards on ABC Sunday night, but I heard about Green Day's anti-Trump message during their performance of "Bang Bang," not to be confused with Iggy Pop's "Bang Bang," released 35 years ago.
While others referenced Trump at the 2016 AMAs, Green Day really went for the jugular by chanting "No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA" during their performance of "Bang Bang." Time will tell if the fascism warnings are justified, but Trump's endorsement by the KKK -- and his Twitter silence about the rise in racist attacks since his election, even while he finds time to tweet about Hamilton and SNL -- are facts that Americans are struggling with these days.
So even if you disagree with Green Day getting political at the AMAs, you can't claim they're factually incorrect -- there hasn't been a major American politician so beloved by white supremacists since the pro-segregation George Wallace.
Billboard cites this as among the best moments of the AMAs.
Here's video of the full performance:
Green Day hyped their performance for days on Twitter.
So, they do their typical Green Day shtick and change some lyrics to make a statement and SHOCK: "No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA. No Trump, no KKK, No fascist USA. No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA. No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA. No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA. No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA."
Ooh, how rebellious!
Tweeting "You're going to want to see this"?
Watching Green Day's AMA performance on YouTube, I see ABC censored some lyrics. ABC determined that the line "Give me death or give me head" was unfit to be televised in its entirety. Viewers heard "Give me death...," then silence until the following line.
ABC certainly didn't want to offend anyone, I guess.