Noel Gallagher is the latest star to speak out on the string of Hollywood sexual misconduct scandals that have dominated the headlines in recent months, with the former Oasis frontman claiming that sexual harassment is not an issue in the music industry.
Dozens of women have recently come forward accusing high-powered men within the film industry, namely movie producer Harvey Weinstein, of sexual harassment and assault.
Asked for his opinion on the recent stories, Noel told Music Feeds: “I haven’t heard of anything (in the music industry). 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?
“From where I’m looking at it, I know Rita Ora very well, let’s just take her for one. She’s amazing, and I’ve been at festivals with her when we’re around record company executives and she’s treated – and I would imagine people like her are treated – with the same reverence as their male counterparts.
“Whereas in Hollywood, that would not seem to be the case.”
Noel went on to credit his single parent mother, Peggy, for raising him, his famous brother Liam Gallagher, and their other brother Paul to hold women in high esteem.
He told the publication: “I love being around women, and not to objectify them, they’re funnier than most men half the time.
I’ve never understood misogyny. I was brought up by women, my dad was not very present at all, and that’s just been my life.
“I’ve always had female tour managers up until very, very recently, I kinda trusted that they’re not gonna f***ing run off with all the money.”