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The Newfound Popularity of Green Day’s ‘American Idiot’ Proves the Riddikulus Charm Is More Important Than Ever

There’s no denying that President Donald Trump is a boggart. Not only did the mastermind behind the Wizarding World, J.K. Rowling, confirm this fact in April on Twitter, it’s also plainly obvious to anyone remotely paying attention to the news.

For those unfamiliar with the magical creature, a boggart is a shape-shifting entity that assumes the form of whatever the person seeing it fears the most. It doesn’t matter if you are a Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative, Trump represents that which horrifies people to their very core, whether it’s immigrants taking over the country or the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade.

That is why the Riddikulus charm is more important now than ever before. The only way to combat a boggart is to conjure the Riddikulus charm, which transforms the fear-inducing creature into something outlandish and humorous. As not only the United States but the rest of the world, faces the tangerine shapeshifter, muggles and wizards everywhere are finding their own ways to cast the Riddikulus charm to send this blowhard boggart back to his Manhattan-based, gold-encrusted cupboard.

For instance, a group of Brits has joined forces to make Green Day’s 2004 hit “American Idiot” the number one single in England during Trump’s visit across the pond beginning tomorrow. On Twitter, the anonymous group has called on British citizens to buy “American Idiot”, continually stream the song, and watch the official music video on YouTube through midnight on Thursday, July 12. This nationwide Riddikulus charm hopes to make “American Idiot” the official number one single in the United Kingdom by the time Trump touches down tomorrow.  

That’s not the only Riddikulus charm the people of the United Kingdom have cast to repel America’s best-known boggart. London mayor Sadiq Khan approved the display of a giant  Trump-shaped blimp to fly overhead when the president visits. The inflatable art shows Trump as a baby wearing only a diaper and armed with a cell phone in-hand so he can tweet at-will.

Since taking office, Trump and his cohorts have disgraced and intimated artists who have created pieces that call attention to the absurdity of the president and his administration. Last year when Kathy Griffin shared photos of herself holding a fake decapitated Trump head, the Justice Department launched a federal investigation into the comedian and put her on the No Fly List during that period. In May of this year, Samantha Bee called first daughter and senior advisor to the president, Ivanka Trump, “a feckless c*nt” on her weekly talk show. In the wake of this description, the president called on TBS to fire Bee, rallying his supporters on Twitter to go on the attack against the late night host. These are only a few examples of Trump employing abhorrent scare tactics to constrain those fighting against his tyrannical leadership agenda.  

When Jon Stewart visited The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at the end of June, the former Daily Show host summarized it best, “What Donald Trump wants is not for us to stop calling his cruelty, and fear, and divisiveness wrong. But to join him in calling it right. This we will not do. By not yielding we will prevail.”

We live in terrifying times, so much so that Trump has no problem adopting the “Keep America Great” slogan popularized by The Purge horror movie franchise. Whether you are casting your own Riddikulus charms or encouraging people to register to vote in the midterm elections, it’s more imperative than ever before to openly discuss, mock, satirize, and poke fun at the nation’s current commander-and-chief.