System of a Down’s Daron Malakian Mourns the Death Of… Charles Manson?!?


System of a Down guitarist Daron Malakian seemingly went out of his way to come off as an insensitive jackass today by mourning yesterday’s death of mass murderer Charles Manson on social media:

“Very sad to hear the news about Charles Manson’s death. During the time I was writing the Toxicity album, Manson’s interviews and music were a big influence on me as an artist. I titled the song #ATWA after Manson’s environmental organization. My interest was in the way he articulated his thoughts and his views on society, not in the murders. The painting in this photo is one I asked my dad to paint with the Charles Manson theme, which I later used as the art for the #ScarsOnBroadway song ‘Fucking’ that was released through limited vinyl. #charlesmanson#mansonfamily

And here’s the photo to which he’s referring, in which his mustache competes with a swastika to be the ugliest thing in the picture:


Wow. I can’t believe Malakian posted this photo and message. Not just because of his poor Man’s Dali ‘stache, and not because he just admitted to putting a swastika on the cover of a Scars on Broadway single (not a great look for a guy who has done so much to remind the world of the Armenian Genocide). No, I wouldn’t have posted it because if you put a swastika on anything, people understandably get upset… but I don’t remember anyone giving a shit about this Scars on Broadway single. Point being, Malakian basically just admitted that Scars on Broadway are all but invisible to the media.

ANYWAY, to the surprise of abso-fucking-lutely no one, a ton of Malakian’s followers were all, “Uh, really dude?”. Malakian, in turn, released the dumbest imaginable defense of his previous statement. A defense so fucking stupid, I could not help but go through it line by line to talk about how idiotic it is. So…

“If all you know about Manson is what you’ve be sold by the media…”

“Charles Manson lead the murder of seven people” = #FAKENEWS

“…I don’t blame you for you negative comments. But the other side of Manson was that he was a song writer who’s song ‘Look at your Game’ was covered by Guns n Roses.”

The other side of a mass murderer is that he wrote a hidden track on Guns N’ Roses’ least famous album? What the crap? What a strange fucking defense. For one thing, it’s not like Manson co-wrote “November Rain.” For another thing, it wouldn’t matter if Manson co-wrote “November Rain” because he, y’know, murdered people, and murdering people is, like, bad and stuff. So.

“Manson also had very valid view points on the society and the environment that even some of you people who are calling me disgusting couldn’t argue with if you took the time to look into his interviews.”

“I would say you would be the disgusting ones if you disagree with him on some of these topics.”

As everyone always loves to point out to everyone else, Hitler was a vegetarian and a painter. But there is no story about Hitler where those facts are the lede.

“If Manson was just some idiot who killed people he wouldn’t inspire me in any way.”

This single sentence demonstrates how dense Malakian is with regards to why his initial statement pissed people off. ‘Cause the thing is, it’s actually okay to be inspired by killers to make art. Killers have inspired great music, like “Angel of Death,” and great movies, like Goodfellas, and great books, like The Devil in the White City. What bugs people is when you celebrate a killer. Erik Larson has never praised H.H. Holmes for being clever; Jeff Hanneman was never like, “Mengele was really good to his cat, though, and we could all learn something from him about how to treat animals”; when Henry Hill died, Martin Scorsese didn’t release a statement saying he was sad to hear of Hill’s passing. Because that would be fucking moronic.

“I don’t back murders or murderers in any way shape or form!!!!!”

You know you need a publicist when your statement contains this phrase.

“Manson was a Genius who could articulate his thoughts in very clever ways.”

“That was the Manson who affected me as an artist. For all of you who say your happy he is dead and he should burn in your imaginary Hell, Your the ones who should be ashamed of yourselves. You seam to be just as bad with your thoughts as the murderers you same that you hate so much!!!!”

Well… but not really at all though. Equivocating someone saying “I hope you burn in Hell!” with someone breaking into another person’s home and committing murder is weird. Who has not, at some point, wished or fantasized about harm coming to someone they hate? By Malakian’s logic, most people are already as bad as murderers. Seems like a ten dollar punishment for a ten cent crime to me.

And so, in conclusion, Daron Malakian is a big dumb dummy.

[via The PRP]

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