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System of a Down’s Daron Malakian just tried to defend Charles Manson

System of a Down’s Daron Malakian just tried to defend Charles Manson
Charles Manson was a cult leader who prompted his followers to kill seven people, and he died this week. Normally the award for stupid shit a musician says would have been won already this past seven days by Morrissey, but System of a Down’s Daron Malakian just asked him to hold the beer as he spoke about Manson.
 
“Very sad to hear the news about Charles Manson’s death," Malakian said. “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.”
 
And that might have been where twitter called him a cock and he apologised. But oh no, he doubled down in new and frightening ways: 
 
“Manson was a genius who could articulate his thoughts in very clever ways… If all you know about Manson is what you’ve [been] sold by the media, I don’t blame you for you negative comments. But the other side of Manson was that he was a songwriter [whose] song ‘Look At Your Game’ was covered by GUNS N’ ROSES. 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.
 
If Manson was just some idiot who killed people, he wouldn’t inspire me in any way.
I don’t back murders or murderers in any way shape or form!!!!!
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 [you’re] happy he is dead and he should burn in your imaginary hell, [you’re] the ones who should be ashamed of yourselves. You [seem] to be just as bad with your thoughts as the murderers you [say] that you hate so much!!!!””
 
Okay then.

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