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Noel Gallagher: 'TV And Videogames' Partially To Blame For London Riots

First Posted: 08/15/11 10:04 AM ET Updated: 10/15/11 06:12 AM ET

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Everybody please quiet down. Noel Gallagher has something insightful to say.

The former-Oasis-guitarist-cum-solo-artist gave New Zealand's Bang Showbiz his take on why the London riots happened. He goes with a classic argument: TV and video games.

"I don't care what other people say: Brutal TV and brutal video games are a reason for this pointless violence as well. The people are immune to violence, they are used to it."

Gallagher also lets out a rant on how he feels about the rioters themselves, which borders on disgust at their ambiguous cause and tactics:

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?


As for the problem of what to do with the rioters, he has an easy solution: build more prisons.

Gallagher's brother Liam's store, Pretty Green, was looted in the riots. According to the Daily Telegraph, an estimated 270,000 pounds of goods were taken from the shop.

As for what Noel's up to these days aside from letting off some steam, his solo album, somewhat self-titled Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, is set for release on Oct. 17. You can listen to what Oasis sounds like minus Liam here.

Now back to your regularly scheduled life.

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