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System Of A Down Singer Makes Statement...

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Sep. 18th, 2001 | 09:45 pm
posted by: immorak in loud

System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian released a statement on Tuesday regarding the tragic events that occurred in America last week. A posting last week by Tankian on the band's web site systemofadown.com sparked controversy and death threats towards the band. Here's what Serj had to say:

"Our whole world has been sickened by the terrible events in New York and D.C. I've been calling out to friends all week to make sure they're ok. My heart goes out to all the families suffering because of this madness.

As American citizens, we are in the privileged position to be able to speak our hearts, even if other people disagree. I highly value the fact that I can make a statement with my intention being to sponsor peace and understanding of the tragic events that have been unfolding. I ask only that, for the long-term survival of our planet, we all concentrate on positive energies in our lives while pursuing justice.

I would not be alive if not for the American orphanages that raised my grandfather after the Armenian Genocide of 1915, so I have a lot of love and respect for the good things that America has and can continue to achieve."

--- Serj Tankian, vocalist, System of a Down

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