The University of Montana School of Theatre & Dance is performing the musical adaptation of Green Day’s American Idiot album. What protest song sticks in your mind?

Have you ever protested anything, and if so, what was it?


Butter Beehemoth: “Killing in the Name,” by Rage Against the Machine. It’s kind of aggressive, and I think as far as protesting goes, inciting cultural change requires a little bit of aggression, as long as it’s channeled into creative, nonviolent outlets. Strumming in the name of: I haven’t really protested anything, but I’ve attended the peace marches and rallies in town and played music.


Tatiana Weed: “Holiday” by Green Day. It’s really upbeat and has a flavor to it that means a whole bunch to the crowd it pertains to. She swears Weed is her real name: I was definitely yes on I-182 in 2016. It wasn’t a protest as much as supporting. In a way I was protesting, but I had a strong feeling about how it helps people.


Andrew Brown: I don’t listen to much protest music. The only protest song I can think of is “Fuck Tha Police” by N.W.A. Keep it cool: I’m pro-snow, which is similar to promoting knowledge of the environmental crisis, based around snow sports. “I Am Pro Snow” is part of the Climate Reality Project.


Andrew Plant: “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party)” by the Beastie Boys. I guess that’s a protest song, or maybe a hate song. Fighting for: I protest for mental health, all shapes and sizes, whether it’s instability or finding happiness. That’s my thing.

Asked Tuesday afternoon at Caras Park

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Staff reporter Derek Brouwer joined the Indy in 2015 after year-long stints covering education at the Billings Gazette and the Helena Independent Record. He graduated from Montana State University. Follow him on Twitter: @derekwbrouwer.

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