Rock Star Renounces U.S. Citizenship Following Supreme Court Overturning Of Roe v. Wade
Many people were upset about the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v Wade, some claiming the decision would cause women to die. Many people spoke up about their view of the decision, and some celebrities came forward with personal stories about why the decision is personal to them, sharing their own pregnancy and miscarriage experiences.
Then there’s Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong. Just hours after the decision, the singer went on stage in London and announced to everyone listening that he was serious about wanting to renounce his U.S. citizenship. In case anyone thought he was being dramatic or joking, he said “I’m not kidding.” The crowd cheered at his announcement.
Watch the video below to hear this announcement for yourself as recorded by a fan in the audience, but beware that there is use of explicit language.
While not going as far as renouncing their citizenship, other musicians have also spoken up about their thoughts on Roe v Wade. For example, while also performing in the U.K., Olivia Rodrigo claimed that she was “devastated and terrified” by the decision. She claimed, “So many women and so many girls are going to die because of this.”
Meanwhile, Billie Eilish dedicated the song “Your Power” to the Supreme Court justices. She said, “The song we’re about to do is, I think, one of the favorites that we’ve written and it’s about the concept of power and how we need to always remember how not to abuse it.” She added, “And today is a really, really dark day for women in the U.S. I’m just going to say that as I cannot bear to think about it any longer in this moment.”
When Armstrong announced that he was serious about renouncing his U.S. citizenship, he said, “You’ll be hearing a lot more from me in days to come.” It’s been over a month, and we have yet to hear a lot more from him. It appears that he is still officially an American. No news on when exactly he plans to become a citizen elsewhere.
Do you think it’s going too far to switch citizenship because of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v Wade? Do you think Armstrong will really go through with renouncing his citizenship?