One Of England’s Biggest Rock Stars Blames Games For Riots

One Of England’s Biggest Rock Stars Blames Games For Riots

The reason for a city’s youth rioting for days are no doubt complex and many. But, hey, let’s blame video games, because that’s exactly what rocker Noel Gallagher is doing.

“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,” Gallagher told Bang Showbiz. “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!”

Meanwhile, a Malaysian student got his jaw broken when his PSP was stolen from him (the suspect has since been arrested). So…not sure how that factors in when you have an innocent gamer getting brutally attacked and has his PSP stolen. It’s all a wash.

Gallagher was the former singer songwriter for UK band Oasis; he’s now gone solo. This isn’t the first time that Gallagher’s pinned video games for crime. In 2008, he thought that video games could be behind UK knife crime.

Gallagher does like some video games! He once said that Guitar Hero was “better than two goblins trying to fuck a donkey up the arse with a laser beam.”

I like Noel Gallagher better when he talks about stuff he knows and understands and less so when it sounds like he’s parrotting the London Evening Standard.

Noel Gallagher wants more prisons (Bang Showbiz) [News Junkie via NME Thanks, mr_raccoon!]

(Top photo: Chris Pizzello | AP)


  • i cant believe all this london riot and norway stuff happen right after we agree to r18… i bet they’ll say they have to “re-think the issue after the recent events”

    • The ACL already has said that, they didn’t even wait for the riots to say it. They’re invisible fairies that tell them what to do and what is wrong apparently doesn’t think children shouldn’t have access to call of duty.

  • Who would even listen to Noel Gallagher?

    Reporting what he is spouting is giving weight to his words and making him seem far more relevant than he actually is…

  • Noel Gallagher also think that Radiohead are a bit pants.

    I don’t think anyone takes his opinions seriously any more.

  • I learnt more real life rioting skills from watching Nirvana trash their stage on DVD last night than I could hope to learn from any game I can think of.

  • Yeah good idea lets not blame the people and blame something else!!!!! Can’t blame your fans right!!!!!

  • Attention grabbing much?

    Whats wrong mister gallagher? Not famous as you used to be and now spouting rubbish to become famous again?

    • To be fair, I’d have hit Liam over the head with a Cricket Bat until he stopped moving for good. Noel might be a wanker, but by god Liam is one of the biggest most obnoxious assholes to ever grace good music.

  • Is it irony that a rock star is blaming new media for “them kids being crazy”?

    ***wayne’s world time travel waveyness***

    “That darn rock music, lookit how those kids are dancing! It must be devil music”

  • Lead singer of my second favourite band attacking my second favourite hobby… sad panda am I. Love you Noel, but wish you’d just stick to making music, instead of talking shit you know nothing about : /

  • Noel Gallagher has always been a fame craving tosser, now he feels like picking up an running with the tired old and discredited view that the media try to peddle. And for what? Failed stardom not woking out for him?

  • But it is right, that watching brutal, realistic murders in games make SOME people immune to real violence etc. But not ALL people definitely. And FFS, blame parents for not controlling what games their kids play.

  • The rioters themselves explained that the reason for the violence was that they were unable to get jobs. In fact they targeted shops that had refused them employment.
    It’s totally the fault of video games.
    Oh and women voting.

  • Both Gallaghers have been total shitheads for years. Not surprised at all.

    Build new prisons? How about you stop throwing people in prison for misdemeanours. The prison system is congested as fuck now, and the % of violent offenders is dropping.

  • Since he’s going down this path, why not go further and shoot himself in the foot by blaming rock music too?

  • I didn’t read much of the article. I just saw “Cockface McDickforbrains blames videogames for the worlds issues”

    In closing, Fuck off mate. *Flips the bird* We’re sick of it.

  • hahahaha if it was so simple that violent games caused violence, then wouldn’t smiley happy games cause friendliness and the two would cancel each other out?

  • “We live in this age of violence”

    As opposed to the times of the British Empire, which is known for its kind and tender treatment of other peoples around the world.

    People need to wake up and realise society now is more peaceful than it has EVER been, EVER. The only reason people are scared of crime and terrorism is because the news is so pervasive and in-your-face that any little bad thing is reported straight to your face, not hidden away by distance like it used to be.

  • Noel Gallagher’s complaints about violence are a huge joke given the history he and his brother Liam have with bar-room brawling.

    Mr Waffle is right. People are less violent these days than they were in the past by a significant margin. Does anyone truly think that the American Civil War was the least bit civil? The past was NOT a placid golden age.

  • I don’t think anyone cares about what celebrities or self proclaimed experts have to say, in that it’s all just talk.
    Typically, if a debater was to say “we indicate a burnt out drug fueled rock star said we should ban violent games”, then all credibility would be lost.
    They’re just noise, annoying as they are.

  • “The people are immune to violence, they are used to it”

    Yeah, probably from gladiator battles at the Colosseum and boxing/martial arts/Greco-roman wrestling. Violence in entertainment is thousands of years old, buddy.

  • yup lets just all blame videogames, heck while were at it lets blame the crusades, the Holocaust, the Black Plague on videogames as well

    its really easy to point at something that is visible rather than going at the underlying factor as to why people act the way they do

  • Games ARE responsible, just not the games he’s thinking.

    Think about it. There’s very little chance of every single person who rioted having played GTA or anything of that ilk.

    Plus, as soon as the rain came along the riots stopped. In GTA the game just carries on.

    So, what game is there that just about everyone plays at some point in their lives, and where rain causes the game to stop?


  • Well to be fair he only says games are a reason behind the violence. In this quote at least he doesn’t say they caused the violence. This is entirely correct. But he forgot to add that music, drugs and human nature are also reasons for the violence, among many others.

  • Seriously? When are people going to wake up to themselves? I’m tired of hearing mass media laying blame on violent movies, video games and music. The blame needs to be laid squarely at the feet of the people committing these crimes. Because and the end of the day we CHOOSE to do things we do. Violent interactive media doesn’t take the gun out of the safe and load it for you, it doesn’t hold a man down while you beat and rob him, and it certainly doesn’t have anything to do with the riots in the UK right now.
    When my son is old enough, he will be allowed to play games and watch movies(within reason of course) and I, as his father have the moral responsibility to teach him the difference between right and wrong.
    Rant over.

  • Noel Gallagher? Didn’t he have drug and violence problems of his own? Not sure why anyone would listen to him.

  • Hehe, Noel you crazy cat.
    I think somebody should direct Noel to his friend Russell Brand’s article he wrote on the riots, and point out to him that – aside from the odd jerks who want to look tough, get free stuff, or just got caught up in the anarchic spirit of the thing – there is a reason why these people acted in the violent and stupid way that they did – and it doesn’t come from vidya games.

    Give it a read if you have the time, it’s interesting.
    (Btw, despite Noel Gallagher being ignorant and his music not being that good, he’s actually hilarious)

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