System Of A Down have been a politically charged band over the years, but John Dolmayan and Serj Tankian have continued to have drastically different views in recent times. Now, during a new interview with Consequence Of Sound, Tankian further discussed the political divide between them, saying that he does “love and respect John,” but he doesn’t “love and respect his American political views.”
Tankian said the following about Dolmayan:
“We’re very good friends, we’re family, and he’s my drummer in my band, so of course we’ve talked about many, many different things, including political views. When you don’t agree with someone after a while about a certain topic … look, it doesn’t mean that we don’t agree about other stuff.
We agree a lot about Armenian stuff, for example, a lot about family stuff, a lot of other things, a lot of personal stuff. But when it comes to American politics, we happen to be on the polar opposite ends of it, and we’re both very passionate and vehement about our views, which is fine.”
“I love and respect John very much, but I don’t love and respect his American political views. And that’s fine. And I can live with that and he can live with that because we respect and care for each other. And it’s really just that. Have we talked about it? Yeah. But do we talk about it often? No, because there comes a point where when you don’t see eye to eye on something, you just rather talk about something else.”