Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong Criticizes High School over Censorship of 'American Idiot' Musical

Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong Criticizes High School over Censorship of 'American Idiot' Musical
Since its release n 2004, Green Day's rock opera opus American Idiot has gone on to inspire stage productions around the world, and it was even treated to a retrospective documentary just last year. It won't, however, be gracing the stage at Enfield High School in Connecticut.
 
The school's drama club had begun the audition process for a local production of American Idiot, but officials at the school pulled the plug following complaints from parents about the source material's swearing, drug use and sex.
 
Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has taken to social media to criticize the decision, claiming that while "some of content that may be challenging for some of the audience," cancelling the show raises serious concerns about censorship. He goes on to defend kids' right to voice their opinions and express themselves in a creative environment.
 
Read his full public letter to the school board below.
 
 

dear Enfield high school board, #enfieldhighschoolmusical #highschoolidiot #enfieldidiot It has come to my attention that you cancelled your high school theater production of American Idiot. I realize the content of the Broadway production of AI is not quite "suitable" for a younger audience. However there is a high school rendition of the production and I believe that's the one Enfield was planning to perform which is suitable for most people. 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. 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. I hope you reconsider and allow them to create an amazing night of theater! as they say on Broadway .. "the show must go on!" rage and love Billie Joe Armstrong ps. I love that your school is called "Raiders"

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As it stands, the Enfield High drama club will proceed with a production of Little Shop of Horrors instead.