System of a Down
Crude or Profane Language
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Other Negative Elements
“Lost in Hollywood” and “Old School Hollywood” expose the vicious, vacuous nature of showbiz in L.A. Perhaps pacifist to a fault, “B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Bombs)” still promotes peace as it defends oppressed, exploited people. With similar compassion, “Sad Statue” longs to ease suffering and calls forgiveness the ultimate sacrifice. Harsh language notwithstanding, “Violent Pornography” rails against sexualized violence on TV. Drug addiction is deemed unhealthy, but ...
“This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like I’m on This Song” rambles absurdly about killers and gonorrhea. The singer’s demons have their day on the murderous fantasy “Revenga.” Angry f-words punctuate “Violent Pornography” and “B.Y.O.B.,” while s-words and slang for male genitalia get repeated ad nauseam on “Cigaro.” Also, women are called “b--ches” (“Lost in Hollywood”).
One needn’t buy into the band’s impassioned, left-leaning political agenda to respect its crusade against perceived injustices and the hollowness of Hollywood. Down with arrogant despots! Up with the poor and oppressed! Yet no matter how well-meaning, Mezmerize’s messages resort to vulgar language and fall short of offering hope or positive alternatives.