A Facebook group is campaigning to make Green Day's 2004 single "American Idiot" number one in the charts during the time when US President Donald Trump is in the country for a "working visit". Protesters have been using iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Spotify and YouTube, among others, to stream and download the song. They dubbed the campaign "Make American Idiot Great Again". In 2009, Rage Against the Machine's "Killing in the Name" outsold a single from the latest "X Factor" victor in an upset for Christmas No. 1 (Rage Against the Machine's Zack de la Rocha told the BBC at the time that it was the toppling of a "very sterile pop monopoly"). 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 song has strong political roots and was originally written in part about President George W. Bush.
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"But who knows?" he wrote.
For Americans all of this may seem, well, kind of weird.
Though it's not exactly subtle, attempting to push the George W. Bush-era song to number one in the United Kingdom is still a tad more low-key than the other protest that's garnered headlines surrounding this trip: the giant Trump blimp that will float along the London skyline.
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