Billie Joe Armstrong Responds to the Banning of ‘American Idiot’ at Enfield High [PHOTOS]
Accusations of censorship are being heard around the halls of Enfield High School because of the cancellation of the Enfield Lamplighters' stage adaptation of American Idiot which is based on a rock opera by Green Day.
According to Patch.com, the production was yanked because "a very small number of extremely vocal people have complained about our choice of productions."
American Idiot is the story of three young men having difficulty with the everyday struggles of life. The language is foul and many of the scenes illustrate drug abuse which is why the vocal minority wanted the show to be shut down.
All of sudden, up pops Billy Joe Armstrong, lead singer and lyricist from Green Day who posted a note on Instagram saying, "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 which I believe is suitable for most people."
Armstrong went on to say, "The bigger issue here is 'censorship.' This production tackles issues in a post 9/11 world, and I believe the kids should be heard." Enfield High has decided to perform, "Little Shop of Horrors" instead.
We certainly wouldn't want to expose teenagers to some of the real issues that teens face in the 21st century, so let's do a musical about a fake plant that needs human blood to survive for the one millionth time! We certainly don't want to make anyone uncomfortable!