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System of a Down’s Serj Tankian Says Trump-Loving Fans of the Song “Temper” Are “Hypocrites”

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Despite the fact that System of a Down drummer John Dolmayan recently outed himself as a Trump-supporting, pro-pig, misinformed bigot who believes in ridiculous conspiracy theories, the band’s much more enlightened singer, Serj Tankian, can’t come right out and call Dolmayan a prick without causing serious rifts both within his band and his family (he and Dolmayan are brothers-in-law). Maybe someday Serj will feel comfortable inciting that kind of interpersonal drama, but for now, at least, he’s choosing to remain relatively polite about the whole thing.

What Tankian can do without creating an uncomfortable situation, though, is continue to speak out against the things in which Dolmayan believes, and even point out that a lot of SOAD’s music aligns with conservatism about as well as that of Rage Against the Machine.

Which Tankian has now done in the form of a social media post about the band’s early demo track, “Temper.” Speaking about the track, Tankian says that “if you love this song or play along to it and love Trump, you’re a hypocrite-just a simple fact.” Since Dolmayan likely does have some affection for “Temper,” and has DEFINITELY played along with it, Tankian’s post seems like a not-so-sneaky way to respond to the drummer’s recent comments without naming names.

Here are the lyrics for “Temper”…

We want peace with
Patriot missiles,
Blown to bits are civilian targets,
Parade! Laugh! Rejoice! Sing!
We’re the victors of…nothing,
Spend more money on a war,
Your people starving, turned to whores,
Slaves of the chosen one paying millions for each bomb,
Country without a race,
Formed from people you disgrace ,
White right conservative might,
Killers of Kennedy’s with no fright,
The American way!
Freedom cried the marching man,
Flags ripped out of their black hands ,
Beaten! Slain! Tortured! Killed!
Their only mistake was being born here ,
Invade countries just for oil,
Send your troops all down to boil,
Iraq! Grenada! Nam and Chile!
Truman doctrine our own way,
Country without a race,
Formed from people you disgrace,
White right conservative might,
Killers of Kennedy’s with no fright,
The American way!
The Government (FBI-CIA) here can suck my balls,
Policing the world in overalls,
Armed rebellion minority,
Disrespected race, color, mind,
Crazed loonies all walk the streets,
Missing children on milk cartons,
Mother selling child for crack,
Mr. President check your back,
Country without a race,
Formed from people you disgrace,
White right conservative might,
Killers of Kennedy’s with no fright ,
The American way!
The American way!
The American way!

…and here’s what setlist.fm says is one of the band’s most recent performances of the song, at the 2015 edition of Rock in Rio:

I anticipate Dolyman responding any second now by claiming that vaccinations and chem trails are used by the left to make Mexican dissenters or something completely 100% rational like that.

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A very early @systemofadown 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" We want peace with Patriot missiles, Blown to bits are civilian targets, Parade! Laugh! Rejoice! Sing! We’re the victors of…nothing, Spend more money on a war, Your people starving, turned to whores, Slaves of the chosen one paying millions for each bomb, Country without a race , Formed from people you disgrace , White right conservative might , Killers of Kennedy's with no fright , The American way! Freedom cried the marching man, Flags ripped out of their black hands , Beaten! Slain! Tortured! Killed! Their only mistake was being born here , Invade countries just for oil , Send your troops all down to boil , Iraq! Grenada! Nam and Chile! Truman doctrine our own way , Country without a race , Formed from people you disgrace , White right conservative might , Killers of Kennedy's with no fright , The American way! The Government (FBI-CIA) here can suck my balls , Policing the world in overalls , Armed rebellion minority , Disrespected race, color, mind , Crazed loonies all walk the streets , Missing children on milk cartons , Mother selling child for crack , Mr. President check your back , Country without a race , Formed from people you disgrace, White right conservative might , Killers of Kennedy's with no fright , The American way! The American way! The American way!

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