Extreme differences of political opinion between SYSTEM OF A DOWN frontman Serj Tankian and band’s drummer John Dolmayan have led fans to wonder if they can continue to exist in the same band.
COVID-19 and the death of George Floyd have brought an increased spotlight on the two musicians. Dolmayan has called President Donald Trump the “greatest friend to minorities,” while Tankian went on to say that you’re a “hypocrite” if you both like SYSTEM OF A DOWN and Trump.
Tankian has now addressed that issue via Instagram, setting the record straight that he loves and respects Dolmayan.
My drummer and brother in law John Dolmayan 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,” Tankian wrote.
“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,” he continued. “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 SYSTEM OF A DOWN what it is today. Thank you all for reading. We should all do more non-online reading 🙂