The Grammy-winning Green Day musician declared he was relocating to the UK while performing in London on Friday night. In the wake of the Supreme Court removing Roe v. Wade’s federal abortion protections, he said “F**k America,” adding that he was “renouncing” his citizenship. In the clip posted to TikTok, Armstrong can be heard saying: “F**k America.”
The musician continues: “I’m f**king renouncing my citizenship. I’m f**king coming here.
“[…] There’s too much f**king stupid in the world.”
Audiences erupted in wild applause in response to Armstrong’s audacious assertion.
Similar support for the musician’s remark came from several TikTokers. More than 300,000 people have viewed the post, and it has 20,000 likes and 600 comments.
One user wrote: “I will help u pack just tell me when.”
“Most fun night of my life, Green Day = GOAT,” another said.
A third commented: “Missed Green day at Reading 95 hungover in tent saw them at V98 and they were phenomenal!! Seen them loads since!! Love BillyJoe and his views!!”
However, others noted the problematic nature of UK politics too.
“If “here” is the U.K. I wouldn’t bother, out of the frying pan and into the fire!” one wrote.
Another joked: “Wait til someone tells him about Boris.”
“ILY Billy but you don’t want to be here,” a final said.
Armstrong’s remarks came after the Supreme Court decision that day, which has prevented millions of women in the US from lawfully having an abortion.
In a majority vote of six to three, the Roe v. Wade decision, which had been in place since 1973 and had legalized abortion up to the point of fetal viability, or around 24 weeks, was reversed.
Following the Supreme Court’s decision, 13 additional states enacted so-called “trigger laws,” which make abortion illegal there as well.
Many people’s opinions are echoed in Armstrong’s criticism of the US. Olivia Rodrigo also slammed the court’s decision in her concert.
Right after the decision, Planned Parenthood released a statement. It said: “The Supreme Court has taken away our right to abortion and overturned Roe v. Wade, opening the floodgates for states across the country to ban abortion. The court has failed us all — but this is far from over.
“We know what politicians want because it’s already happening: to ban abortion state by state—& eventually a national ban. But, like generations before us, we’ll fight for each other.”