As the plague of sexual misconduct and misogyny in the entertainment industry continues to be a persistent strain of the news cycle, it means that almost everyone in the industry has been asked for their reactions, whether we need them or not. This, of course, has led to a steady output of profoundly bad takes from (often male) artists who wouldn’t typically comment on these sorts of issues.
Next up: Noel Gallagher!
Just before the holidays, he was talking to Australian outlet Music Feeds about a variety of topics: talking shit about Liam, of course, Guns N’ Roses, the music he’s into, and the low likelihood of an Oasis reunion. But near the end, Gallagher, “not a known giver of fucks” as Music Feeds puts it, is finally asked about the sexual misconduct stories that have been reported recently. He opens by cracking a bestiality joke, and then disowns men who take advantage of women, before claiming that he’s never heard about sexual misconduct in the music industry before. See, that’s a movie problem:
“I haven’t heard of anything, I haven’t heard of anything. I guess in the film industry, a lot of the time the females need the male bosses to get them further up the ladder, you know what I mean? Whereas in the music industry, if a girl writes a great song, it’s still a great song. It seems to me to be a bit more… equal, in the music industry?”
Then, he tries to bring up “Keisha? Kesha? What’s her name?” because “something went on there,” and points to Rita Ora as an example of women in music who have been treated with no derision and exactly the same as their male counterparts. Near the end, Gallagher describes being “stunned into silence” upon realizing he might be a feminist... before we realize that he probably isn’t a very good one!
I’ve always had female tour managers up until very, very recently, I kinda trusted that they’re not gonna fuckin’ run off with all the money. I’m in my office here, right, in London, I’m in my office that runs my ship, I think there must be [starts counting] I think there’s a dozen people in here? Eight of them are girls. They’re amazing.
You still can’t get a fuckin’ decent cup o’ tea out of any of ‘em though. For fuck’s sake. Unbelievable.