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SYSTEM OF A DOWN Drummer Hopes Serj Was "Misunderstood" When Saying Fans Who Support Trump Are Hypocrites

The ongoing subtweeting between System of A Down frontman Serj Tankian and drummer John Dolmayan continues. After Dolmayan made claims like Donald Trump is "the greatest friend to minorities," Tankian wrote that if fans listen to (or ever played along to) a specific System of A Down song, "Temper," and they supported Trump, they were a hypocrite. Dolmayan offered new comment where he hopes that Serj was somehow misinterpreted.

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Here is the exact caption Serj wrote:

“A very early System of A Down 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'”

Pretty straight forward, right? Fans came to assume he was throwing shade at his drummer, calling him a hypocrite for playing along to such a song and supporting Trump.

A sample of the lyrics to the song include lyrics such as: "White right conservative might / Killers of Kennedy's with no fright / The American way!" and "Parade! Laugh! Rejoice! Sing! // We're the victors of… nothing."

A fan commented asking Dolmayan if he was offended by Serj's commented and the drummer responded "I hope he was misunderstood when he said that. I don't believe he thinks that way."

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Another fan asked if he had ever disagreed with SOAD lyrics, or if his views on certain lyrics changed over time and Dolmayan responded "I agree with some disagree with others. I try to take the best parts of things"

The comments were on a post where Dolmayan asked to argue respectfully, writing "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"

Just last week, Dolmayan called Democrats the true bigots, adding "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." To insert a little bias here, it does not seem that Dolmayan is arguing respectfully, when he calls the side he disagrees with sheep.

Ultimately, I hope these two dudes can talk it out.

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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

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