Gerry Harvey has a bit of a reputation for being a lumbering retail dinosaur in a fast moving digital world, but in an interview last night with Channel Ten’s Late News he went on an unexpected rant against video games and “leisure computers” (presumably by this he means consoles) and how they’re messing up the youth of today.
You know, video games — like the kind he sells from his stores. And makes millions of dollars from every year.
“I think one of the great tragedies with youth is that they spend so much time playing games and crap on computers and they’re not outside. You’re not healthy and it’s a big problem in our society,” said Harvey. “If I could get rid of computers, all leisure computers for all of Australia I probably would. They can have them at school, but leisure time — no.”
“We’re talking about kids playing games mostly online and wasting their life away basically playing games online because they’re not getting any physical activity and their minds are screwed up on these games.”
There you have it, folks. Gerry Harvey wants your business, and he’s more than happy to look down on you and think you’re wasting your life by giving it to him.
Source: Kotaku AU (thanks, PalZer0)