Green Day have repurposed their 2004 protest song “American Idiot” to fit 2016 politics.
During a performance at the MTV EMA Awards on Sunday, where the band accepted the Global Icon Award, Green Day took the stage to sing the title track from their acclaimed 2004 album. “Can you hear the sounds of hysteria?” frontman Billie Joe Armstrong sang, before changing the next line to mention the Republican presidential nominee. “The subliminal mind Trump America.” (The original line is “The subliminal mind f— America.”)
The sentiment echoes what the band said earlier in the night while accepting the award. “Most of all, it’s nice to be out of America just for a second, because of this horrendous election that’s going on right now,” Armstrong told the crowd. “Our entire country is about to have one big, collective heart attack.”
Armstrong and Green Day have been vocal about the 2016 presidential campaign, once comparing Trump to Hitler. “I don’t even know how else to explain it. wish I were over-exaggerating. And sometimes maybe I do over-exaggerate with Bush. But with Trump, I just can’t wait ’til he’s gone,” he told Kerang!
See a clip of their EMA performance.