By Fernando Scoczynski Filho at 8:14 AM Wednesday, August 17th 2011
After releasing his first post-Oasis song (The Death Of You And Me), Noel Gallagher recently made the headlines for something that’s not music-related at all. As HuffingtonPost reports, the singer had a few bitter words to share about the riots in London that caused significant damage and raised longstanding socioeconomic issues to the forefront of national discussion.
At first, Noel goes for the tired argument of blaming the violence that’s constantly present on the media, saying, “We live in this age of violence – and 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.”
But afterwards, he goes into some undeniable criticism of the “reasoning” behind the riots: “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?” Later, Noel added that the shooting of Mark Duggan by the London police is no excuse to cause so much despair: “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’s brother, Liam Gallagher, was also affected by the riots, but financially: his clothing store Pretty Green got looted during the riots, reportedly losing almost $450,000 in products.
Noel’s solo album, entitled Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, comes out on October 17, and hopefully it’ll be better than Beady Eye’s record.