Kasabian star Tom Meighan today attacked Simon Cowell for “destroying people’s lives” with reality shows such as 'The X Factor' and 'Britain’s Got Talent'.
The 28-year-old rocker branded 'The X Factor' “retarded” and “wrong” for propelling people into the spotlight with the promise of a music career.
Meighan said: “I don’t watch any of it. The design on 'X Factor' – it’s retarded - it’s very backwards.
“Look what they do to people, pop moguls like Simon Cowell, they take people and then destroy them.”
The Mercury Prize-nominated singer added: “Not just Simon Cowell, there’s loads of them out there. I just think it’s a very strange show.
“Poor Susan Boyle, it’s unbelievable what’s happening; I just can’t get my head round it. It’s wrong.”
The 'Shoot The Runner' star and band mate Chris Edwards also spoke out in support of Lily Allen’s campaign against illegal internet file-sharing.
Meighan said: “It’s just wrong isn’t it? It’s just so wrong. You don’t go to a bank and just borrow money and don’t pay it back, you don’t go to a restaurant and then walk out – you don’t eat for free do you? So the same thing applies with this, but with musicians.”
Edwards agreed: “The thing is these musicians have worked hard. If you’re the CEO of a massive company or something like that you don’t go and smash up his car and go ’you don’t deserve it’.”
Kasabian are performing tomorrow at St James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin to celebrate Guinness’s 250th anniversary and will close the show.