Serj Tankian Rips System of a Down Fans Who Love Trump: ‘You’re a Hypocrite’
It was an interesting week for System of a Down fans. Drummer John Dolmayan and singer Serj Tankian have taken completely opposite positions on President Trump and protests in recent weeks, with the former less praising the president and the latter less.
In an Instagram post on Tuesday, Tankian made it clearer where he stands (not that it needed any clarification at all).
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Before Tankian released lyrics for the band's unpublished "Temper", he wrote the following:
A very early @ systemofadown song that was included in one of our demo texts below: If you love or play this song and love Trump, you are a hypocrite - just a simple fact, "Temper"
Tankian's post comes days after Dolmayan Trump wished "happy birthday" and called the Democrats "the real bigots hidden from the same party that fought to maintain slavery."
"The reason why I post my opinions on this forum and open myself to attacks and ridicule is for you, the dumb, who think they are alone in a world where their thoughts are strange or wrong," wrote Dolmayan.
A few weeks ago at the Side Jams With Bryan Reesman's podcast, Tankian wondered how fans of System of a Down couldn't understand the message of the band's lyrics after listening to them for 20 years. He said while understanding how fans could like the melodies if they like heavy music, the message in the words is clearly meant for them.
“So when I put people on my social networks who say, 'I love your music, but I don't want to hear your political ideas', that's fair enough - if they're nice enough, it's fair enough, but sometimes they are it really mean, ”said Tankian.
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