In case you were wondering who Billie Joe Armstrong, Tré Cool and Mike Dirnt voted for on Nov. 8, now we have a pretty good guess. On Sunday night, Nov. 20, the three men who make up the pop-punk band Green Day took to the stage of the American Music Awards to perform the song “Bang Bang”—a single from their most recent (12th) studio album, Radio Revolution—and tweaked the lyrics to include the chant “No Trump! No KKK! No fascist USA!” with fists in the air.
According to most reports (and the footage, below), much of the audience at Downtown L.A.’s Microsoft Theater agreed with the band’s sentiment.
Armstrong told Noisey last week:
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 fucking house.
The Green Day song “Bang Bang” is about the country’s rise in gun violence, told from the perspective of a mass shooter.
The rock trio’s political statement wasn’t the only one of the night, either.
Awards co-hosts Gigi Hadid and Jay Pharoah at one point treated the audience to Melania and Donald Trump impressions, while Chrissy Teigen—who introduced her husband, John Legend—referenced the “fucked up election” from the stage. Others saw Lady Gaga’s decision to wear a white pantsuit on the red carpet as a way of showing support for Hillary Clinton.
Many artists performed at the annual, fan-voted awards show, including Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, Kendrick Lamar, Fifth Harmony, Bruno Mars (whose latest album saw release on Friday), The Weeknd, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj. Sting took home the evening’s American Music Award of Merit.
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