Last week guitarist Martin Gore, 51, vented his hatred for reality shows like the X Factor by declaring: “I think somebody should shoot Simon Cowell."
And after getting wind of it, an angry Simon has hit back, claiming his comments are stupidly irresponsible in the wake of soaring gun crime in America.
Twice referring to Gore as a weirdo, he wrote on Twitter this morning: “I read Martin gore wants to shoot me. He was is in depeche mode. Do you realise how weird and stupid that makes you. Go and watch the news.”
And went on to explain to his 5million followers: “Why I am angry about weirdo gore is a ton of people have got shot this year and people. Like weirdo gore encourage this.”
He said: “I’m not advocating violence, but I think somebody should shoot Simon Cowell.
“His influence in the music industry over the last God knows how many years it’s been now. It’s just like, so many people think that that’s what music is."
Gore continued: “What happened to bands getting together? They are very few and far between now and the ones that do probably can’t afford to get into a studio and make a record.”