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Red faces at Washington Post after citing satirical article claiming 'American Idiot' is about George W. Bush

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The Washington Post is under fire on Tuesday for an embarrassing correction it was forced to issue after mistakenly citing a satirical website that claimed the Green Day song “American Idiot” was about President George W. Bush.
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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.

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not the only protest that day, but a truly british one.
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