Speaking with Details magazine, Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong dishes on his politics and slams Fox New contributor and former Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin.
DETAILS: Over the past few years, the band’s political messages have become increasingly amplified. Is there a risk to that?
Billie Joe Armstrong: It dawned on me at the end of the last tour that things had become heavy. It’s a fucking balancing act, man. And you don’t want to always write about politics just for the sake of writing about politics. I don’t want to become Rage Against the Machine. Bono is having dinner with George Bush to get money from him. I don’t operate that way. I stick to my opinions.
DETAILS: Meanwhile, the political climate gets more and more toxic.
Billie Joe Armstrong: The Democrats are a bunch of fucking pussies. It was so smart for the Republicans to embrace the Tea Party: “We don’t believe everything you say, but we’ll listen to you.” I get more confused every day. Then I feel like I’m not doing enough. It starts to make my head explode. Maybe I should go talk to the troops in Afghanistan.
DETAILS: You could just write an anti-Palin song. Or is that too easy?
Billie Joe Armstrong: I listen to the shit that comes out of her mouth, and I’m just in awe. These are Sunday-school teachers becoming politicians. Mike Huckabee? He’s the guy that diddled you while holding the Bible. He’s so soft-spoken, so Mr. Rogers. Palin is the same—it’s this sneaky way to make Americans feel comfortable, but you know they’re rotten to the core.