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Billie Joe Armstrong criticises school for cancelling students’ American Idiot production

Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has weighed in on a school’s drama club having their production of American Idiot pulled by staff due to “a small number of extremely vocal people” who apparently disapproved.

“dear Enfield high school board,” he says on Instagram, addressing the Connecticut faculty. “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”

American Idiot will be touring the UK this spring. Click here for dates.

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