System Of A Down drummer John Dolmayan has taken to Instagram to express his views on both the COVID pandemic and the Russian army's invasion of Ukraine. Dolmayan says that both COVID and the invasion are "about money" and that "[there's] a game of chess being played by those in the real positions of power."
These comments are pretty insensitive given that Ukrainian citizens are currently in the streets dying for their country, and maybe now isn't exactly the time to play the whole "the powers that be don't even CARE about YOU" card. Read the room, dude.
"And just like that covid will slowly go away. This is and has always been about money , covid was about money , Ukraine is about money. Resources equal wealth , stability , and power. Theres a game of chess being played by those in the real positions of power and we'd like to think we're the pawns but the truth is we're not even on the board."
System Of A Down vocalist Serj Tankian commented on Dolmayan's politics in 2021, saying he and his bandmate "agree a lot about Armenian stuff, for example, a lot about family stuff, a lot of other things, a lot of personal stuff," but "I don't love and respect his American political views."