Bruce Springsteen is no stranger to a good bit of trolling, particularly when it comes to President Donald Trump. The beloved artist (and recent V.F. cover star) has already perfected the art of insulting the Republican leader—and now, after recent news of the president’s heated phone call with Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, Springsteen has once again used his Australian tour to poke fun at POTUS.
Springsteen joked about the political news during his Thursday show in Melbourne, telling the crowd, “We stand before you embarrassed Americans tonight.” He then announced the E Street Band’s next tune: “This is a song from 1965 by the Orlons. We’re going to use this to send a letter back home.”
After that, Springsteen launched into a rendition of “Don’t Hang Up”—a love song about a phone call, featuring lyrics like “Don’t hang up like you always do” and “I’ll explain the facts to you.” Trump reportedly hung up on the Australian P.M. after the two began arguing about immigration.
This marks the third time Springsteen has referenced Trump’s chaotic presidency during his Australian tour. On Monday night, during a show in Adelaide, he performed the song “American Land” (an “immigrant song,” he said), showing his support for those who have been affected by Trump’s latest executive order, which banned people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. “Tonight we wanted to add our voices to the thousands of Americans who are protesting in airports around our country the Muslim ban and detention of foreign nationals and refugees,” Springsteen said.
He also voiced support for the Women’s March during a previous stop in Perth, which took place one day after the massive demonstration unfolded in D.C. and around the world.
“We’re a long way from home, and our hearts and spirits are with the hundreds of thousands of women and men that marched yesterday in every city in America—and in Melbourne—who rallied against hate and division, and in support of tolerance, inclusion, reproductive rights, civil rights, racial justice, L.G.B.T.Q. rights, the environment, wage equality, gender equality, health care, and immigrant rights,” Springsteen said.
Springsteen has long been disdainful of Trump, previously calling the businessman turned politician a “moron” and declaring his campaign a “tragedy for our democracy.” Considering Springsteen’s relentless touring schedule, we can probably expect a few more musical jabs over the next four years.
By Yohana Desta
Courtesy of Vanity Fair