Green Day used the 2016 American Music Awards to make a political statement. The band performed their hit “Bang Bang,” and their fans likely noticed a new part of the song was added.
Lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong sang a new bridge during their performance at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA,” he repeated several times Sunday night.
Watch Green Day’s chant below:
The song, which was written from a mass shooter’s point of view, doesn’t typically have that verse. However, Green Day often makes their political views known. Though their latest album, “Revolution Radio,” isn’t quite as political as “American Idiot,” the band has still made their distaste for President-elect Donald J. Trump clear.
Armstrong posted a photo of a graffiti-covered wall after Trump’s win. It showed a swastika with the words “Make America White Again.” Armstrong told his fans to reject that sort of hatred. “Trump says hevs bringing jobs back to the working class.. but he scapegoated minorities as his platform and said our president wasn’t a u.s citizen. no one made this up. it came out of his mouth. this is the damage we are left with.. we need to rise above and reject hate,” Armstrong wrote in an Instagram post.
Green Day was one of many celebrities to reference Trump during the 2016 AMAs. “Frozen” actress Idina Menzel referenced Trump’s recent demand for an apology after the cast of Broadway’s “Hamilton” addressed Vice President-elect Mike Pence at a recent show. “Us unsafe theater people wouldn’t be invited to the inauguration either,” Menzel said. “I love you ‘Hamilton’!”
Earlier in the show, hosts Gigi Hadid and Jay Pharoah did their best impressions of Trump and his wife Melania.
The 2016 AMAs are airing on ABC. Find out how to watch the event HERE.