Raucous Punk Band Green Day turns President Donald Trump into a zombie in the clever and just-released video Back In The USA. The video is also an homage to director John Carpenter’s cult film. They Live.
Epic Green Day Video Tears Trump A New One
The video starts off with frontman Billie Joe Armstrong as a 1950s dude in a black-and-white world, writes Lee Moran, for The Huffington Post. Then he buys a pair of sunglasses that, just like in Carpenter’s film, reveal the world the way it really is. In a sinister turn, billboards, newspapers, and TV commercials start reporting the truth. Armstrong lets bandmates Tre Cool and Mike Dirnt in on the creepy secret, and all three conspire to lift the wool from people’s eyes. And they say so in this tweet:
— Green Day (@GreenDay) November 17, 2017
Oh, if only something like that could really happen — and put the focus on corrupt CEOs and the politicians who pander to them. To focus on racist cops who consider the KKK a hobby. To make people understand that the American Dream is dead and was nothing more than a nightmare for the rest of the world, any way you slice it.
When the people in the video begin to see the world as it really is, the color gradually slips in along with reality.
The band released the video to promote their upcoming greatest hits compilation God’s Favourite Band. And Twitter users couldn’t be happier.
— Fjellræva (@fjellmannen) November 17, 2017
When the new Green Day song bashes Trump 👌🏻
— Jordan Faustino (@TheTestTapes) November 18, 2017
Me when Green Day disses Trump. Me when Green Day does anything. pic.twitter.com/M8nblEJKGX
— shannon (@attilathehoneyb) November 17, 2017
The video, released in January, is the counterpart of Troubled Times, which really excoriates Trump.
The band also displayed their Trump distaste during The American Music Awards in 2016.
— Erick Fernandez (@ErickFernandez) November 21, 2016
And, in an interview with Vulture, the band members shared an unpleasant memory about the time when our clueless leader went to see the band perform their smash-hit rock opera American Idiot on Broadway. And gave it a rave review — in the usual place where he annoys people the most — Twitter.
Melania and I saw American Idiot on Broadway last night and it was great. An amazing theatrical experience!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2010
And, during last year’s election, CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski found this rather ironic:
Trump went to the Broadway opening of "American Idiot." I don't have anything to say about that. pic.twitter.com/KrjFx4f3JU
— andrew kaczynski🤔 (@KFILE) August 25, 2016
It’s something the band couldn’t foresee.
“That was a personal question that Billie was writing, ‘I don’t want to be an American idiot’ … By the way, [Trump] loved the [American Idiot] play,’ Green Day Bassist Mike Dirnt told Rolling Stone. ‘I’m like “What the fuck are you doing here opening night?” That guy is at the opening of every envelope.'”
“I look at my kids as the Harry Potter generation. There’s a sense of justice about that, in beating Voldemort. It’s a classic tale of good vs evil. To have a role model like Harry Potter that says you can defeat evil, but still be a complicated human being. That gives me a lot of hope.”
What’s truly sad is that millennials are having to struggle through the all of the damage that occurred during mine and previous generations. All the climate change, all the devastation of nature, all the corporate greed which runs rampant today. And all the corrupt politicians who were there from the beginning but whose numbers have multiplied.
But I have faith in millennials. Like Armstrong, I think they are up to the task. And I am going to help them in any way I can.
Featured image courtesy of Green Day via YouTube video.