In a recent conversation for Vahe Berberian Live, System of a Down vocalist Serj Tankian talked about recent political issues in America and their connections with the growing numbers of the Covid-19 cases.
As you might remember, System of a Down drummer John Dolmayan has been the target of criticism due to his support for President Donald Trump. The dispute between the fans of the band and John has grown so much that they even asked Serj to fire John from the band. Even though Serj has been criticizing the actions of Trump, he chose to keep music and politics separated within the band.
During a recent interview for Vahe Berberian Live, Sejr Tankian talked about focusing on the important issues in today’s politics in all around the world. He mentioned the significance of having reasonable leaders in order to fix the current problems that the world had been struggling with.
“There’s not a lot of reasonable leaders left. I was thinking of Angela Merkel being one of the few. Jacinda Ardern in New Zealand, and Nikol Pashinyan, he’s reasonable. But there’s a lot of leaders that are unreasonable.
And it’s kind of interesting because — I hate to put it this way, but if you look at the top 10 countries with the highest coronavirus infections, it’s a lot of countries with unreasonable leadership, or inadequate leadership. And it’s a scary thing to see, how one is affecting the other, and how it could affect so many people’s lives, innocent lives taken. It’s really a horrible human tragedy in that sense. And there are people to blame, obviously. But that’s not the important thing.”
Furthermore, Serj implied the connection between the growing numbers of coronavirus cases and the actions of President Trump.
“I think there’s a lot of polarization happening in the United States politically. I think it’s gone really crazy, it’s dangerous.
We’ve come to a time to where, coming out of this lockdown and looking at this lockdown and what it’s taught us, what we’ve seen through it, we’ve come to a place where we can no longer withstand stupid leadership, we can no longer withstand brutal, oppressive leadership anywhere in the world.
We don’t have time for that. Our civilization, based on unsustainable constant economic growth, will not last the way that it is, with our exploding, accelerated population rate. So we have to rein in our consumption. We don’t have time for fucking brutal leaders.
We don’t have time for the King of Saudi Arabia, and we don’t have time for this Erdogan. There’s just not enough time to deal with them and the climate issue. So they’ve gotta go — they’ve all gotta go.”
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