Donald Trump plans to make a one-day "working visit" to the UK on July 13 and meet with the Queen. The news has been met with resistance, and UK political thought leaders are suggesting that protesters greet him.
One group of protesters is encouraging people to buy and stream the title track from Green Day's 2004 album, American Idiot, so the song will be at No. 1 on the UK charts as Trump arrives for his visit.
The single was originally written during George W. Bush's presidency, but the protesters like the idea of a song called "American Idiot" topping the charts during Trump's visit. If you need a refresher, the track centers on the lyrics: "Don’t wanna be an American idiot / Don’t want a nation under the new media / And can you hear the sound of hysteria? / The subliminal mind-fuck America."
Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has been outspoken about his dislike of Trump for years, and he briefly posted about the campaign on his Instagram page with the caption, "Just going to leave this here," before deleting it.
Some critics have pointed out that this likely won't make any difference for Trump. In a Facebook post on Friday, the protesters responded to the criticism by explaining, "We're doing this because we think it would be funny. End of. It's not rocket science." They added, "Yes, we know Green Day are already millionaires. No, you don't have to get involved. ️Yes, we're doing this regardless. ️No, we don't want to choose another song. Yes, we'll post up all links at the time."
If you feel like traveling back in time and hearing that memorable opening guitar riff one more time, revisit the "American Idiot" music video below. Or if you're in the UK and want to support the effort—as well as throw some coin in Armstrong's pocket—it's available on iTunes here.