Green Day Delivers Surreal Satire Of Donald Trump In New Video

President-elect Donald Trump hasn't served a single day in the White House, but his approval rating is already at a historic low, especially with Green Day. The punk rock trio celebrated Martin Luther King Day by releasing a video for the song 'Troubled Times' from the 2016 album Revolution Radio.

The video is a surreal satire of American politics today, featuring a Trump-like figure wearing a Make America Great Again hat. But his face is obscured by flames - or is that his infamous orange mane blocking out Trump's characteristic scowl? At times, the fiery orator is flanked by hooded Ku Klux Klansmen while delivering speeches. And a closeup shot reveals that the orator's teeth are little klan hoods.

Those images are contrasted with pictures of MLK, the 1963 March on Washington, the women's suffrage movement and other highlights from the fight for civil rights in America.

Taken together, the video's visual landscape reflects the climate of hope and fear in America today. Where Barack Obama - who campaigned on messages of hope in 2008 - will turn over the White House this week to Trump, whose 2016 campaign stoked fears of illegal immigrants, domestic terrorism and ISIS.  

The song also includes a subtle reflection on the role of art in troubled times. During the song's solo, hands strum lines of barbed wire like guitar strings. So music can turn fear back on itself, the imagery suggests, but the process will take a toll on the artist.

The video isn't the only time that the group has lambasted Trump. As Daniel Kreps of Rolling Stone noted, the group chanted "No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA" during televised performances last year - including a set for the American Music Awards. 

"We didn't rehearse it," frontman Billy Joe Armstrong told James Corden. "But I think with the AMAs, it was a good start to challenge [Trump] on all of his ignorant policies and his racism."


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