Like most of America, the music world is experiencing a political riff in the wake of the Roe v. Wade overturn.
Armstrong is one of many musicians who has condemned the reversal of the landmark 1973 ruling that protects a person’s right to safely terminate a pregnancy in the US.
For the first time in nearly five decades, abortion will no longer be protected as a federal right in America. Each state will be able to decide individually whether to restrict or ban abortion.
“Fuck America. I’m fucking renouncing my citizenship. I’m fucking coming here,” Armstrong said while on-stage at London Stadium last Friday evening (June 24) as part of the Hella Mega Tour.
Speaking on the latest edition of his news commentary series The Nightly Nuge, controversial US singer-songwriter and activist Nugent told his viewers that “the Supreme Court did a good job”.
“The Nancy Pelosis and the left, and the maniacs don’t seem to be for choice; they seem to literally be for killing babies,” he explained.
“They’re just crazy… the protestors and the left are saying to people who have a T-shirt that says, ‘My mom didn’t abort me and I’m celebrating my life today’. And people on the other side went, ‘Well your mother should’ve killed you!’.
“This is a debate? This is a meaningful dialogue… on what toxic planet?”
He continued: “When the left keeps saying that, ‘We lost our constitutional right to an abortion’, share that phrase in the Constitution with me where it gives you the right to kill the unborn… My point being, it isn’t mentioned in the Constitution, so I’m gonna repeat once again, ‘Any rights herein not enumerated are left up to the States’.
“Clearly, the abortion issue, like any other issue, idea or hunch that is not enumerated in the Constitution or the Bill Of Rights, clearly is up to the states. Even a guitar player doesn’t need any translator for that one. So once again, it is the hysteria…”
Nugent went on to talk about the “cruelty” of some of the left-leaning artists who have spoken out. “I’ve witnessed some artists out there, like Billie [Joe] Armstrong of Green Day – he’s incredibly talented, but he’s just lost his soul – and Pink, an incredibly talented, work-ethic artist, who just scream and just attack people who choose not to have an abortion.”
He added: “By the way, as you and I speak right now, if anybody wants an abortion in America, guess what – they can get one. It’s not the banning of abortions; it’s bringing it back to constitutionality and common sense.
“And again, there are medical concerns… Can you imagine, trying to make the decision where you have a choice to save the mother or the baby? Well, that is a spiritual moment between you and God and your health professional and the husband and the wife or at least the mother and the father.
“So, I am, and my family believes in, abortion should be legal, it should be safe and it should be rare. But don’t send me the bill because I don’t subscribe to murdering this innocent baby who the science has proven that it feels the pain when you kill it in the womb.
“This issue is just volatile. So the Supreme Court did a good job.”
Nugent’s claim that a 20-week-old fetus can feel pain is not backed by scientific evidence, per FactCheck.org.
Addressing the crowd in London last week, Billie Joe Armstrong said: “There’s just too much fucking stupid in the world to go back to that miserable fucking excuse for a country [the US].
“Oh, I’m not kidding. You’re going to get a lot of me in the coming days.”
This year has also seen Ted Nugent hit out at Bruce Springsteen “for being a dirtbag and supporting communists” as well as calling Neil Young “a complete punk” over his decision to pull his music from Spotify.
“He’s not a tough guy. He plays tough guy, but this is the guy who shit his pants – literally – so he didn’t have to go in the Army,” Jett told NME.
Nugent later attempted to clarify his comments, saying: “I love her music. Joan, I love you. It’s real rock and roll, awesome, plus I love lesbians. I think it’s cool. So I praised her and saluted her. I just said that Mark Farner should be on the list before Joan Jett because she’s not a real fiery guitar player.”