Making a statement. Green Day takes aim at President-elect Donald Trumpin the new lyric video for their latest single, “Troubled Times,” which was released on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 16, in honor of the late civil rights leader.
In the video, which you can watch above, images of protests for causes such as civil rights and women’s suffrage flash across the screen. Those celebratory images are juxtaposed against shots of a Trump-like character wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat and spreading hateful messages to the masses. At one point, a close-up shot shows a cluster of hooded KKK members inside the mouth of the video’s Trump-inspired tyrant.
“What part of history we learned / When it’s repeated / Some things will never overcome / If we don’t seek it,” lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong sings in the tune, seemingly referencing the current political climate of the United States. “The world stops turning / Paradise burning / So don’t think twice … We live in troubled times.”