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Simon Cowell Angry At Gore's 'Shoot Him' Jibe
Simon Cowell has branded Depeche Mode's Martin Gore a "weirdo" after he suggested someone should shoot the US X Factor judge.
The 51-year-old guitarist, who co-founded Depeche Mode in 1980, made the jibe at Cowell when talking to MusicWeek about manufactured music.
Gore's own compositions include Personal Jesus, Enjoy The Silence, I Feel You, People Are People and Everything Counts.
He told the website he took exception to shows like The X Factor.
Gore declared: "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 pointed out that in contrast to manufactured bands, Depeche Mode had been allowed to form and mature at their own pace.
"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," he said.
But Cowell took to Twitter to express his displeasure after finding out what Gore had said about him.
He tweeted: "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.
"Why I am angry about weirdo gore is a ton of people have got shot this year and people.like weirdo gore encourage this."