This has actually been bothering me for a while.
Maybe bothering isn't the word...
So, amidst all of the beautiful love songs and drug-inspired hits Green Day has to offer, there is a clear theme (especially recently) of the problems of the world. We're a little bit past the American Idiot age now that we have a human president, but to take it back to 2009, all the the 21st Century Breakdown problems are still relevant. And although the trilogy is mostly mood music, the tour is called 99 Revolutions...
Let me put it this way. Billie Joe clearly means to inspire some activism in his songs. And as an activist, I can't help but worry that Green Day simply creates more pot smokers than political intellects. We get the point, as it reads: we're in troubled times; but I just wish that Green Day could use their power to help us fix that. Has anyone else ever noticed that the irony of "Know Your Enemy" is that it doesn't make the enemy clear? Riots and starting fires isn't going to do anything. Smoking pot and whining isn't either.
Example: Back in the day (uh, about 2 years ago), I went to Occupy Wall Street. Yeah, in New York. And I was appalled. To put it into perspective of the post, what the protesters of OWS were "standing up for" were the same issues that Billie Joe is trying to write about in these songs, correct? Well, in the heart of this "protest," all I saw were young adults sitting around drinking Starbucks (a big corporation run by the assholes they were trying to have give in) and begging for bagels. Occasionally they would shout at passer-bys "ALL DAY, ALL WEEK, OCCUPY WALL STREET." And that was it. That was the end. And then, as we all know, it ended. With no product.
This is what I feel like Green Day is creating. A bunch of young kids who know full well that the world is fucked up, and feel in their bones the anger to do something about it, but because the band won't give us a direction, we sit around whining to our friends and smoking 3 packs of cigarettes a day (again, supporting what we hate).
You: Get to the point, Chelsee.
- What has Green Day inspired you to do for the world that was positive?
- What could Green Day do to give us a direction, a way to change things?
- Did Green Day influence your drug abuse? Be honest.
- Do you hate me a little for dissing Green Day a little?
My disclaimer is that I'm not trying to dis Green Day or Billie Joe or whatever. And I do know that the boys and Adrienne of course do SOME things to try and change the world. But just riddle me this: With all of us loyal, loving Green Day fans feeling the sorrow of the world on our shoulders with every American Eulogy play, don't you think that if the guys said "Kids, get out of Wal-Mart. Get your friends out of Wal-Mart. They're ruining lives and the Earth," at least HALF of us would listen?
Is there not something more they can do? Is there not something more WE can do?
My apologies for the lack of focus. I have a lot of feelings.