London Riots: British Stars Speak Out
Piers Morgan, Lily Allen and more take their countrymen to task over the mayhem afflicting the city.
On both sides of the pond, UK natives are speaking up regarding the devastating riots led by young British gangs.
“My country is being destroyed by CHILDREN,” wrote Kelly Osbourne. “Is it wrong to think that the parents of these children should be prosecuted too? What mum/dad does not keep an eye on there [sic] 7 year old?”
Osbourne's own mum, Sharon, tweeted “World has gone crazy. What is happening in England. Senseless.”
“What is going on in Britain tonight is a form of terrorism and should be treated as such,” Piers Morgan weighed in.
“I sincerely hope the police have been authorized to use ‘whatever force necessary against any rioters tonight,” he later added. “It’s time for the army to defend the pro-British public against these anti-British thugs
Jamie Oliver, whose Birmingham restaurant had its windows smashed during the riot, was far from empathetic for the youth involved.
“So sad to see whats happening in UK with the Riots! All gone mad! Time to get our country back now we need 2 come down hard on these idiots,” he wrote. “God bless the communities getting together to sort this out #RiotCleanUp People who care about their country!!”
British songstress Lily Allen took her government to task over the riots, even throwing in a jab at the recent News of the World Scandal, which has plagued the UK media.
“How come Cameron cut short a work trip to Africa to deal with Murdoch but won’t cut short his holiday to deal with this crisis,” she questioned. Later, Allen noted “Are we on the brink of civil war or something?”
Prime Minister David Cameron did, in fact, end his Italian vacation early to meet with officials, and said he would recall Parliament on Thursday to make a statement and discuss further action.
“We will do everything necessary to restore order to Britain’s streets and make them safe for the law-abiding,” Cameron said Tuesday in an emergency press conference. At the time, Metropolitan Police had recorded 525 arrests with more than 100 people being charged in the mass vandalism.
Keeping quiet on the subject is comedian Russell Brand and Harry Potter stars Emma Watson and Tom Felton, none of whom have addressed the situation on their Twitter accounts.