August 14, 2011 14:01

Noel Gallagher blames 'brutal TV and videogames' for UK riots

Former Oasis man also calls for more prisons to be built after this week's disturbances

Noel Gallagher blames 'brutal TV and videogames' for UK riots

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Noel Gallagher has said he believes "brutal TV and videogames" are partly to blame for the riots that have taken place this week.

The former Oasis mainman, whose brother Liam is estimated to have had £270,000 worth of clothes looted from his shop in Manchester during the riots, has called for more prisons to built in order to cope with the newly imprisoned rioters and told Bang Showbiz that he cannot "understand where the energy for the riots is coming from".

He said:

I can't understand where their energy for these riots is coming from. We live in this age of violence - and I don't care what other people say: Brutal TV and brutal videogames are a reason for this pointless violence as well. The people are immune to violence, they are used to it. And if they get caught they aren't punished the right way. The prisons are already full? Then build new ones!



He continued:

It's crazy! It's just violence for the sake of violence. The people who are at these riots aren't poor. These are kids with fucking mobile phones and all sorts of shit. The police and government have to take drastic measures. These idiots destroy their own communities. In six weeks, when everything is forgotten, they will look stupid and realise that the houses are still destroyed, burned down or whatever. These people aren't demanding anything, they have no goals. They just destroy their own shit. How stupid can you be?



The guitarist also described the events as "the pointless violence of fucking idiots" and said he believed there was no reason for the riots.

He added:

There aren't any reasons! There's a guy who gets shot - a gangster if I may add that, who had a gun. If you live by the sword, you die by the sword! Then suddenly there are riots everywhere. There is no reason for that. It's just pointless violence of fucking idiots.



Noel Gallagher releases his debut solo album 'Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds' in October.

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