Should politics be represented in music? Should artists use their platform to express their personal political beliefs? Should we change our values and views because of what our favorite bands tell us?
If you haven’t heard about Green Day’s anti-Trump lyric alterations at the American Music Awards, you probably live under a rock. What happened is pretty straightforward; Billie Joe Armstrong changed the lyrics to Bang Bang, one of the band’s new songs, to reflect his anti-Trump, anti-KKK, and anti-fascist views. This received mixed reactions, obviously.
Music is a way to express yourself, and musicians have been doing so for years, but recently, many well-known artists have used their position to point out political problems. Personally, I have mixed feelings on the issue. On one hand, I really don’t want to know who any of my favorite bands are supporting politically, because, frankly, I just don’t care. They won’t influence my views, and they shouldn’t. I just like their music, I don’t have to agree with their personal beliefs. On the other hand, these people have the power to change the world, and I’m glad some of them are using it to denounce hate.
What do you think about Green Day’s rant? Should they and other artists have the right to express their personal opinions like this? Do you agree with them? Comment and let us know below!
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