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British campaign to make Green Day's 'American Idiot' the No.1 song when Trump visits
Jul 10th, 2018 at 2:48pm
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There's a British campaign to make Green Day's 'American Idiot' the No. 1 song when Trump arrives

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Oh, the things President Trump will be greeted with this week when he visits London: demonstrators, a giant "Trump Baby" balloon -- and a uniquely British musical protest.

For the past couple of weeks, a social media campaign has sought to make Green Day's classic 2004 jam "American Idiot" the No. 1 tune in the UK by the time Trump arrives Friday. The "Get American Idiot to No.1 for Trump's UK Visit" Facebook page has been advocating for some type of musical protest during a Trump visit to Britain pretty much since the start of his presidency. After Trump's "working visit" -- as opposed to a formal state visit -- was announced in April, the effort went into overdrive.

The campaign asks people to download "American Idiot" between Friday, July 6, and Friday, July 13, to push the 14-year-old single to the top of the Official UK Charts.

So far the effort appears to be working, with the song checking in at No. 18 on the chart Tuesday. It'll take a particularly strong push though to get the song to the top of the chart by Friday.

A British tradition

For Americans all of this may seem, well, kind of weird. But the Brits have been waging campaigns to get certain songs to chart for a decade.

Back in 2008, a DJ, tired of singing competition winners clogging the charts at Christmas, began a Facebook campaign to get Rick Astley's 80s anthem "Never Gonna Give You Up" to No. 1. Since then there have been numerous attempts to get tunes as varied as Iron Maiden's "Number of the Beast" to the themes from "Star Wars" and "Pokemon" to the top of British charts in time for Christmas.

The politically-charged "American Idiot" was a Billboard Hot 100 hit for Green Day back in the fall of 2004 when George W. Bush was President.

That's not the only protest

Trump is not exactly popular in the UK right now, and his unpopularity with the Brits is shaping his first official visit there. He'll meet Queen Elizabeth and huddle with British Prime Minister Theresa May but, in a break from custom for a visit by a foreign leader, he will not visit Downing Street.

He really won't spend too much time at all in London during the three-day visit, as the President's handlers seek to minimize the risk of awkward encounters with angry protesters in the streets. Or in the air for that matter.

During a planned "Stop Trump" march in central London on Friday, a 19-foot-tall orange balloon -- shaped to look like a baby version of Trump -- will be flown as high as 98 feet in the air near Parliament.


  

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Re: British campaign to make Green Day's 'American Idiot' the No.1 song when Trump visits
Reply #1 - Jul 10th, 2018 at 3:19pm
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Getting that song to chart is a bit of gentle fun, but I really don't like the idea of angry protests and an embarrassing blimp thing.


He's the President of America for pity's sake, a bit of respect (with a measure of coolness because, as an individual and a politician he is such an arsehole) is more proper.


Plus the morons organising the blimp thing can't spell 'metre'.
  

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Re: British campaign to make Green Day's 'American Idiot' the No.1 song when Trump visits
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Limey. wrote on Jul 10th, 2018 at 3:19pm:
Getting that song to chart is a bit of gentle fun, but I really don't like the idea of angry protests and an embarrassing blimp thing.


He's the President of America for pity's sake, a bit of respect (with a measure of coolness because, as an individual and a politician he is such an arsehole) is more proper.


Plus the morons organising the blimp thing can't spell 'metre'.


Most Americans wouldn't be as polite as you, Limey.

My opinion is that Trump the person deserves no more respect than he's given undocumented immigrants. Besides, this is not a "State Visit", so his full regalia will not be on display. The music and balloons are just an attempt to add some class to a basically tawdry individual.

Perhaps if you were to convince yourself that Trump is an honorary member of Sinn Fein you might be more onboard with the welcome some of your compatriots are planning for him.


  

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Re: British campaign to make Green Day's 'American Idiot' the No.1 song when Trump visits
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BTW, Limey,

Is "Sex Pest" a real term in England?
  

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Re: British campaign to make Green Day's 'American Idiot' the No.1 song when Trump visits
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What do you expect?  They kissed Hussein's ass because he is an anti-American, and the hate Trump because he's pro-American.
  
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Re: British campaign to make Green Day's 'American Idiot' the No.1 song when Trump visits
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Ulysses wrote on Jul 10th, 2018 at 4:45pm:
Most Americans wouldn't be as polite as you, Limey.

My opinion is that Trump the person deserves no more respect than he's given undocumented immigrants. Besides, this is not a "State Visit", so his full regalia will not be on display. The music and balloons are just an attempt to add some class to a basically tawdry individual.

Perhaps if you were to convince yourself that Trump is an honorary member of Sinn Fein you might be more onboard with the welcome some of your compatriots are planning for him.





Nah.

Much as I despise Sinn Fein for its repugnant support of terrorism and its attempts to destabilize a sovereign democracy through violence, I still wouldn't fly a big, silly balloon about it.

That sort of behaviour makes one a thingy.
  

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Re: British campaign to make Green Day's 'American Idiot' the No.1 song when Trump visits
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Ulysses wrote on Jul 10th, 2018 at 4:59pm:
BTW, Limey,

Is "Sex Pest" a real term in England?



Yes, commonly used.
  

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patrick2 wrote on Jul 10th, 2018 at 5:13pm:
What do you expect?  They kissed Hussein's ass because he is an anti-American, and the hate Trump because he's pro-American. 

Bingo you nailed it.
  

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Re: British campaign to make Green Day's 'American Idiot' the No.1 song when Trump visits
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Limey. wrote on Jul 10th, 2018 at 3:19pm:
Getting that song to chart is a bit of gentle fun, but I really don't like the idea of angry protests and an embarrassing blimp thing.


He's the President of America for pity's sake, a bit of respect (with a measure of coolness because, as an individual and a politician he is such an arsehole) is more proper.


Plus the morons organising the blimp thing can't spell 'metre'.

WOW you actually gained my respect with that post  Smiley pretty sad when a fella from across the pond has more respect for the American president than our Liberal loons do.
  

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Re: British campaign to make Green Day's 'American Idiot' the No.1 song when Trump visits
Reply #9 - Jul 10th, 2018 at 6:26pm
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Ulysses wrote on Jul 10th, 2018 at 4:59pm:
BTW, Limey,

Is "Sex Pest" a real term in England?


Thank's to Limey's leitmotiv we now know that "meter" isn't... Roll Eyes
  

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