Billie Joe Armstrong Pens Open Letter Over High School’s ‘American Idiot’ Cancelation

By Hayden Wright

Green Day’s American Idiot is one of the most unforgettable cultural documents of the George W. Bush era. The GRAMMY-winning album was adapted into a Tony-winning Broadway musical and that in turn was adapted into an age-appropriate book and song score for high school students.

Related: Is a New Green Day Album Coming in 2016?

Recently, a production of that musical was reportedly scrapped at Enfield High School in Connecticut. Green Day frontman Billie Joel Armstrong got wind of the situation and was not pleased. He wrote an open letter to the school’s board on Instagram urging them to see the decision from another perspective.

“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,” he wrote. “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.”

Read Armstrong’s full letter below:


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