System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian Admits That The Political Divide Between Him And John Dolmayan Has Been “Frustrating”

System Of A Down have been a politically charged band over the years, but John Dolmayan and Serj Tankian have had drastically different views in recent times. Now, during an interview with Forbes, Tankian admitted that the political divide between the two has been “frustrating.”

Tankian said the following about Dolmayan:

“He’s Armenian. He’s my brother-in-law and my drummer. Is it frustrating being politically opposite to your own drummer and brother-in-law? fuck yeah. Of course it’s frustrating. But that’s having to do with American politics. When it comes to Armenian issues we’re on the same exact page. We know what injustice is happening, we work together. We’re doing different auction activities and working together on many fronts. The Armenian nation is united, whether you voted for Republican, Democrat or neither.

But, I was a Bernie supporter, I still am. I feel like he still would’ve been the best choice going forward. But I’m okay with Biden. I’m happy that they’ve made that statement. The elections are coming up and normally I’m very vocal, but this war and the daily death toll has really taken up my full spectrum of focus.”

System Of A Down’s John Dolmayan Calls Antifa And Black Lives Matter Supporters “Marxist Enemies Of The United States”

System Of A Down’s John Dolmayan has made headlines once again for his infamous political ramblings. In a recent post on Instagram, the drummer controversially referred to antifa and Black Lives Matter supporters as “Marxist enemies of the United States.” Here’s his full statement:

“Is there any doubt that Antifa and BLM are Marxist enemies of the United States ? They do almost nothing to hide this and yet millions of Americans , corporations , and sports leagues excuse and support these violent destructive enemies of freedom. They have one goal, destroy America from within while pretending to fight for justice and equality. They claim to be the modern civil rights movement but they have little in common with the pursuit of equal opportunity. The best part is they call themselves anti fascist, everything they do and stand for is the definition of fascism. America needs to wake up , these people are the brownshirts of a high jacked communist far left liberal agenda.”

System Of A Down’s John Dolmayan Makes Controversial Comments About The Black Lives Matter Movement, Claims “There Is No Systemic Racism In The United States”

System Of A Down’s John Dolmayan has generated controversy once again for his latest political comments. The drummer recently claimed that the Black Lives Matter movement “never had legitimacy” and that there is “no systemic racism in the United States.”

Dolmayan said the following while responding to the tragic murder of eight-year-old Secoriea Turner, who was shot near the Wendy’s in Atlanta, GA where protests have continued to take place following the police killing of Rayshard Brooks:

“The supposed black lives matter movement never had legitimacy in my view and were always a Democratic Party fundraiser and propaganda tool. Along with antifa they have shown themselves to be the enemy of the people of the United States and have adopted lawlessness emboldened by a sensationalist media and the moronic Hollywood elites who pander to them at every opportunity. They will be brought to justice but when? How many more innocents need to be murdered before we come to our senses.”

A fan then commented on the post saying that “downplaying systemic racism in the U.S. is playing a dangerous game” and Dolmayan replied with the following:

“There is no systemic racism in the United States. Name one example”.

[via Blabbermouth]

System Of A Down’s Sej Tankian On The Highly Publicized Political Divide Between Him And John Dolmayan: “The Amount Of Online Hate And Stupidity Against Him And I Are Unjustifiable”

System Of A Down have been a politically charged band over the years, but members of the group have had drastically different views in recent times. Serj Tankian has continued to be critical of Donald Trump, while John Dolmayan has continued to show his support for the current administration. However, Tankian insists that they still respect each other and that “the amount of online hate and stupidity against [them] are unjustifiable.”

Tankian said the following:

“My drummer and brother in law @johndolmayan_ whom I love and respect irrespective of our extremely polarized political commentary and differences has always been my stalwart ally in efforts for recognition of the Armenian genocide within Soad.

The amount of online hate and stupidity against him and I are unjustifiable: social media has created an erroneous digital society that partially thrives on this reality. Remember irrespective of the stance, only artists that truly care and are impassioned will risk alienating their base for what they consider the truth.

Our dilemma and possible fallacy is that we have two in one band. Some may consider that a weakness but the artistic, political and social dichotomy if not quadrichotomy (not a word) has made @systemofadown what it is today. Thank you all for reading. We should all do more non-online reading :)”

Meanwhile, Dolmayan has also blasted the media and they way he has been portrayed in articles from outlets like MetalSucks and The Guardian:

“Anyone who perpetuates this kind of baseless attack is as blind to justice as they are void of character. These kinds of fascist tactics are indicative of the establishment machines attempt at silencing free speech and condemning diversity of thought whenever possible .it’s no surprise that the dangerous , billionaire funded ,extreme left along with their puppet mouthpieces in the media and entertainment industry resort to personal attacks and attempt to dehumanize those they deem a threat to their “revolution “.

These people will go to any lengths to destroy any narrative not in line with theirs and when they don’t have a substantive argument or factual backing data they simply insult the opposition and condemn them irrespective of truth.

It worked splendidly for Obama who spent most of his presidential campaigns insulting the character of his political opponents who made no attempt to use similar tactics and lost because of it. Trump simply looked to them for the winning method and took it to a new high ( or low).

This is not what we should be about , these are not the heroes we should respect , and I will not be scared into silence by people who think they have a moral high ground but who in actuality are morally bankrupt.”

John Dolmayan: “Whatever Your Politics You Are All Welcome, System Of A Down Is For All Of You And Always Will Be”

System Of A Down have been a politically charged band over the years, but members of the group have had drastically different views in recent times. Frontman Serj Tankian has continued to be critical of Donald Trump, while drummer John Dolmayan has continued to show his support for the current administration. Despite this, Dolmayan has insisted that the band’s music is for everyone no matter what their political beliefs may be.

Dolmayan said the following:

“To all the people who disagree with my opinions but still listen to what I have to say and argue respectfully I thank you. I thank you for your passion , I thank you for your heart and most of all I thank you for your different perspectives. As to system fans, some of you have been disheartened by my opinions and that’s affected your love of our music , that’s a shame, don’t be , they are just opinions after all

I accept all of you for who you are as you are and hope you understand disagreeing doesn’t mean not caring for each other. You are why all of us in system have what we have and we owe you a debt of gratitude for sticking with us all these years . Whatever your politics you are all welcome , System of a Down is for all of you and always will be. Music has the power to bring us all together if we can just put differences aside , thank you all I love you all”

This news comes after Tankian recently shared the lyrics for “Temper” online, while also adding: “if you love this song or play along to it and love Trump, you’re a hypocrite.”

Serj Tankian On System Of A Down’s “Temper”: “If You Love This Song Or Play Along To It And Love Trump, You’re A Hypocrite”

System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian recently took to Instagram to share the lyrics for the band’s early track “Temper.” The frontman also added: “if you love this song or play along to it and love Trump, you’re a hypocrite.”

Tankian said the following:

“A very early @systemofadown song that was on one of our demos-lyrics below: if you love this song or play along to it and love Trump, you’re a hypocrite-just a simple fact 🙂 “Temper“”

He later continued:

“Let me add that obviously the song was written in the 90s and refers to injustice in the US and injustice by the US via successive Democratic and Republican administrations. I just find the most current one the most repugnant.”

Tankian’s views are extremely different from those of drummer John Dolmayan, who recently slammed people who opposed his right-wing views with the below controversial statement:

“The reason I post my opinions on this forum and open myself up to attack and ridicule is for you , the silent ones who think they are alone in a world where their thoughts are alien or wrong. You’re not alone , millions are with you. For those of you who think you are coming from a morally superior position therefore any differing opinion or viewpoint is invalid think again.

It’s the easy path to think like you , it’s in their best self interests for celebrities and politicians to support you but you will lose in the end because you are the very thing you pretend to fight against. The true fascist, the true bigots hidden in plain sight from the same party who fought to maintain slavery , Jim Crow , non voting rights for women , and who are directly responsible for 70 plus million abortions ,a large majority of whom were black.

You don’t want free speech , you can’t handle free speech because you are cowards and need to be herded along with the rest of the sheep. I’m lucky , I’m in an industry where you CAN be honest about your views wherever they fall with little to no repercussions.

I don’t rely on a movie studio , label , media or anyone else who will bow down to pandering political correctness and am in no danger whatsoever of “ losing my job” because you don’t like what I have to say . This is a dangerous time where free thought and speech is under attack but it will pass , the next generation is watching as they always do and they will overcome your insanity. Oh , happy birthday President Trump and good luck in November!”

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A very early @systemofadown song that was on one of our demos-lyrics below: if you love this song or play along to it and love Trump, you’re a hypocrite-just a simple fact 🙂 "Temper" We want peace with Patriot missiles, Blown to bits are civilian targets, Parade! Laugh! Rejoice! Sing! We’re the victors of…nothing, Spend more money on a war, Your people starving, turned to whores, Slaves of the chosen one paying millions for each bomb, Country without a race , Formed from people you disgrace , White right conservative might , Killers of Kennedy's with no fright , The American way! Freedom cried the marching man, Flags ripped out of their black hands , Beaten! Slain! Tortured! Killed! Their only mistake was being born here , Invade countries just for oil , Send your troops all down to boil , Iraq! Grenada! Nam and Chile! Truman doctrine our own way , Country without a race , Formed from people you disgrace , White right conservative might , Killers of Kennedy's with no fright , The American way! The Government (FBI-CIA) here can suck my balls , Policing the world in overalls , Armed rebellion minority , Disrespected race, color, mind , Crazed loonies all walk the streets , Missing children on milk cartons , Mother selling child for crack , Mr. President check your back , Country without a race , Formed from people you disgrace, White right conservative might , Killers of Kennedy's with no fright , The American way! The American way! The American way!

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The reason I post my opinions on this forum and open myself up to attack and ridicule is for you , the silent ones who think they are alone in a world where their thoughts are alien or wrong. You’re not alone , millions are with you. For those of you who think you are coming from a morally superior position therefore any differing opinion or viewpoint is invalid think again. It’s the easy path to think like you , it’s in their best self interests for celebrities and politicians to support you but you will lose in the end because you are the very thing you pretend to fight against. The true fascist, the true bigots hidden in plain sight from the same party who fought to maintain slavery , Jim Crow , non voting rights for women , and who are directly responsible for 70 plus million abortions ,a large majority of whom were black. You don’t want free speech , you can’t handle free speech because you are cowards and need to be herded along with the rest of the sheep. I’m lucky , I’m in an industry where you CAN be honest about your views wherever they fall with little to no repercussions. I don’t rely on a movie studio , label , media or anyone else who will bow down to pandering political correctness and am in no danger whatsoever of “ losing my job” because you don’t like what I have to say . This is a dangerous time where free thought and speech is under attack but it will pass , the next generation is watching as they always do and they will overcome your insanity. Oh , happy birthday President Trump and good luck in November!

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System Of A Down’s John Dolmayan Says It “Shouldn’t Be A Shock To Anybody” That Him & Serj Tankian Have Different Political Views

System Of A Down’s John Dolmayan has shared a new video to discuss the political divide between him and other members of the band. This news comes after the drummer controversially defended Donald Trump after frontman Serj Tankian called for “the regime to resign.”

Dolmayan said the following:

“We have differing opinions in System Of A Down. That shouldn’t be a shock to anybody, because you have four individuals — we’re not always like-minded and don’t always agree on everything. But you’d be surprised at how civil our conversations are, especially between me and Serj, who seem to have the most diverging opinions on things.

I have a lot of respect for Serj and his opinions, although I don’t agree with them very often these days. And that’s okay. We expand each other’s horizons — I like to think that he learns from me and I learn from him.”

He also added the following about fans commenting on his conservative views:

“Some of you have been sending me messages — in fact, quite a few — saying that you are thankful that I get out there and I put out a viewpoint that’s a little bit different. Others of you have been upset, disappointed, and have voiced their disappointment in different ways — some have been positive and some negative.

I take everything really lightly and I really don’t get too bothered by it. But I have had some dialogue with some people and I’ve enjoyed that — people that think differently, have a different perspective, and I really like getting that perspective.

Look, guys, a lot of you are very young, and as you gain experience in life, you will have different ways of looking at things and different perspectives, and it won’t mean as much to you to fit into certain boxes that people set for you. And I guess in a lot of ways that’s what’s happened to me, although I’ve always tended to think more conservatively.”

He continued:

“People shouldn’t sit there and allow their moral superiority in their heads — because you really aren’t morally superior to anyone, although you may think you are; you really aren’t. Especially if you don’t know the other person — you don’t know every aspect of their life, their motivations for things.

And also, generally speaking, you’re basing things based on your experiences without taking into consideration that your experiences are limited to you and they don’t represent everybody.

I see a lot of very famous people saying a lot of things, and I’m not sure if it’s coming from the heart. But I will always fight for what I think is right. Even if I’m later found out to be wrong, I will judge it then, and I am not afraid to change my position on things. But there’s just a lot of hypocrisy happening.

Don’t believe everything the famous people tell you — they don’t know anything for the most part. I don’t know anything for the most part. I don’t know why things happen and what reasons the government has for doing things.

All I know is they have to think a lot further down the road than we do, generally speaking — they have to think, like, 50 years in the future and how this country’s gonna survive and what our place is gonna be in the world.

And they’re people and they’re gonna mistakes. It’s just that usually we’re the ones — private citizens like us — that pay for it. And I’m deathly afraid that the middle class is getting hit the hardest here, as they always do.

And the middle class is very important here in the United States, as it is in most countries. Most countries try their hardest to develop their middle class, because something like 90 percent of the gross national product is consumed and created by the middle class.”

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System Of A Down Frontman Serj Tankian Says “The Time Has Come” To “Force The Regime To Resign”, Drummer John Dolmayan Defends Donald Trump

System Of A Down have been a politically charged band over the years, but it appears members of the group have had drastically different views in recent times. As protests against systemic racism and police brutality continue across the U.S. in response to the police killing of George Floyd, Serj Tankian has taken to social media to call for “the regime to resign.” However, his bandmate John Dolmayan has controversially defended Donald Trump.

Tankian said the following:

“Run Donny run into your bunker. You may be the first US President to do so out of fear of your own citizens. A real leader would address the nation properly and a real man would go face the protestors on the streets in person. But like other corrupt undemocratic leaders in the past, you’ve realized they are not your people as you are not really our President. These protests are not just over race but over institutional injustices beginning with the slave era electoral college that put you in power, K Street lobbying firms, superdelegates of a two party duopolistic Neo-liberal corporatocracy whose day has come. You make antifa a terrorist organization but not the KKK? The lessons of the 2018 peaceful successful revolution in Armenia can be applied in the US and elsewhere in the world. Coordinate online and block every street everywhere and force the regime to resign. The time has come. Your time has come @realdonaldtrump“

Meanwhile, Dolmayan has shared a quote in which Trump claims his “admin has done more for the black community than any president since Abraham Lincoln” and he added the following caption:

“Let’s not let the narrative that’s being spun make us forget the truth of this statement. The most attacked president in history yet the greatest friend to minorities! Don’t believe it ? Look at the stats . Don’t like it , doesn’t change the truth of it.”

John Dolmayan On The Possibility Of New System Of A Down Music: “I’m Not Even Sure I Wanna Do It Anymore”

During a recent interview with Dean Delray on the “Let There Be Talk” podcast, John Dolmayan was asked about the possibility of new System Of A Down music once again. The drummer responded by saying that he doesn’t even know if he wants to record new material anymore due to all the drama.

Dolmayan said the following about working on new music:

“I find it very unlikely. I’m not even sure I wanna do it anymore. It’s just so much drama and bullshit. In a lot of ways, I’m just over it. ‘Cause I fought really hard to get us to make an album over the course of the last 15 years. More than anybody else, I was calling people, ‘Let’s get together. Put the egos aside. Let’s have meetings. Whatever it takes. Let’s get in the studio. Let’s just get in the studio and see what happens.’ I just couldn’t get it done. I failed.”

He also added:

“Relationships break up all the time. And that’s with one person. Try having it with four.”

He continued after being asked if Serj Tankian and Daron Malakian are to blame for the lack of a new album:

“It’s not just Daron and Serj. It takes four people to make this band, and it takes four people to unmake it. I think that we’re all to blame. I could just blame Daron and Serj, because, quite frankly, they’re the primary songwriters, so it’s easy to blame them. But it’s not just their fault. A lot of it is their fault, but it’s not just their fault.”

Dolmayan also had the following to say about touring:

“Everybody pretty much does their own thing, but that’s been the way it’s been since day one, so it’s not like that changed. For me, it’s very odd, where we can put our differences aside to go on tour — we’re having a great time onstage, we have a blast on tour — and then I say, ‘Okay, well, you can put it aside for that, but you can’t put it aside for [this].’

“Listen, I’m as confused as other people are. I’m more frustrated than everybody else. ‘Cause at the end of the day, this is it — this is what my life’s work is. And as much as I enjoyed making the covers album, and I’m glad people are digging it — it’s getting a pretty good response — and it was a lot of fun to make, but I don’t wanna have time to make a covers album. I wanna be so immersed in SYSTEM OF A DOWN and the creative process of SYSTEM OF A DOWN that there isn’t even time for me to do that.”

[via Blabbermouth]

System Of A Down’s John Dolmayan To Release His Own Comic Book

System Of A Down’s John Dolmayan is reportedly planning to release a new comic book called “Ascencia” in April. The drummer told The Pulse Of Radio the following [via Blabbermouth]:

“It’s about the choices one would make if given the opportunity to live in a place that keeps you immortal. Like, who would you betray? Who would you screw over? It would test your moral fiber and it tests who you are as a person, make you question everything about yourself. It’s a sci-fi epic that I’m putting out as a monthly series. I’m self-publishing it, so I’m very proud of it.”