System Of A Down's Shavo Odadjian

System Of A Down’s Shavo Odadjian On Coronavirus Panic: “It’s Scary To Have This New Thing, But Every Two Years We Have Something New”


In an interview apparently conducted around a week or so into March, System Of A Down bassist Shavo Odadjian stated that he wasn’t buying into the initial panic surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic. Speaking on an episode of ‘The Jasta Show‘ seemingly recorded earlier this month, Odadjian had the following to say of the then increasing concern around the outbreak:

“I think it’s the stupidest thing… I think it’s lame. It’s just a regular cold, bro, at this point.

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I saw a doctor yesterday for just a checkup. He owns the floor; it’s his. Anyway, he was telling me how he was upset at how media’s only focusing on one thing, and that’s putting fear in you, which is what’s going on — it’s like control by fear. But he’s, like, the actual virus has actually diminished in power and strength since it started with all the deaths that have been happening.

He’s, like, we have 50 times more people contaminated with it, but we have 30 times less deaths. Where before there was a certain amount that got contaminated and this many died from it — like maybe 20 percent, 10 percent. And now it’s, like, 0.01 percent, and it’s mostly people in convalescent homes in their 80s and 90s, or people that have weak immune systems.

It’s people that would die from the flu or anything else that would happen, which happens, like, 27,000 to 57,000 a year in America alone — people die from the flu and no one talks about it… I’ve been doing research, ’cause I’m, like, ‘Dude, why are these important things getting canceled, like South By Southwest, just for a cold?'”

“I know it’s scary — it’s scary to have this new thing, but every two years we have something new, man. We went from Zika to the fucking swine flu to SARS to Ebola, back to this, back to that… And it’s, like, every time they don’t have something, they’re gonna bring something else back and say, ‘Oh, remember this? Wasn’t it scary? Well, it’s back. We have two new cases.’ Ooh, the world panics, bro…”

While Odadjian‘s viewpoint could have changed on the matter since, a week ago he shared the below images via Instagram. One in particular displaying the various viral outbreaks over the past 16 years, with Odadjian offering the below caption: “Who else is sick of all this BS? Sensationalism at its finest! #corona”.

More recent posts have seemingly found him watching Netflix with quarantine-related hashtags, suggesting he has at least subscribed to some of the safety measures put in place to help curb the spread of the disease.

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Sorry Folks!! #corona

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[via Blabbermouth]