January 27, 2016


Billie Joe Armstrong Calls Out High School For Banning 'American Idiot' Musical

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Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong is mad. He's usually charged up on some political platform, but most recently, he's after high schools...or, at least, one in Connecticut. 

A school has decided to shut down a production of American Idiot, the musical, due to “a small number of extremely vocal people.” Armstrong is not having it, posting a lengthy comment on Instagram.

He wrote:

"dear Enfield high school board, #enfieldhighschoolmusical #highschoolidiot #enfieldidiot It has come to my attention that you cancelled your high school theater production of American Idiot. I realize the content of the Broadway production of AI is not quite "suitable" for a younger audience. However there is a high school rendition of the production and I believe that's the one Enfield was planning to perform which is suitable for most people. it would be a shame if these high schoolers were shut down over some of the content that may be challenging for some of the audience. but the bigger issue is censorship. this production tackles issues in a post 9/11 world and I believe the kids should be heard. and most of all be creative in telling a story about our history. I hope you reconsider and allow them to create an amazing night of theater! as they say on Broadway .. "the show must go on!" rage and love Billie Joe Armstrong ps. I love that your school is called "Raiders"

Check out the Instagram post here, then click through our list of the 11 strongest pop-punk debuts of all time.