‘He should hang his head in shame’: Noel Gallagher is branded ‘vile’ by disability charity after ‘mocking wheelchair users at Glastonbury’
- Noel, 55, is said to have gained access to the disabled viewing platform at Glastonbury and joked about tipping concertgoers out of their wheelchair
- Disability charity Scope told MailOnline: ‘The casual abuse and belittling of disabled people in this interview is vile
- ‘Accessible platforms aren’t for privileged rock stars and their friends. These platforms exist so that disabled people can enjoy live music’
Noel Gallagher has been branded vile by disability charity Scope after he reportedly made comments belittling disabled people.
The singer, 55, was discussing his time at Glastonbury when he revealed that he had watched Jamie T’s set at the John Peel set from the disabled viewing platform.
Noel revealed that he had flashed his Access All Areas pass in order to gain access for himself and Rita Ora after a security guard had attempted to stop him, saying: ‘See that pass mate? It gets me any f***ing where.’
‘He should hang his head in shame’: Noel Gallager was branded ‘vile’ by disability charity Scope after ‘mocking wheelchair users at Glastonbury’
As reported by The Mirror, Noel went on to joke that he ‘would have’ tipped someone out of a wheelchair and got his son to sit in it so they could be at the front.
He is also said to have equipped that he would ‘touch people on the forehead telling them to “rise… you can walk.”‘
Noel added: ‘I gotta say, those disabled cats have a great view of everything.’
In response to the comments, Warren Kirwan, Media Manager at disability equality charity Scope, told MailOnline: ‘The casual abuse and belittling of disabled people in this interview is vile.’
On stage: The singer, 55, was discussing his time at Glastonbury when he revealed that he had watched Jamie T’s set at the John Peel set from the disabled viewing platform (pictured performing at the festival)
He continued: ‘Noel Gallagher and Matt Morgan should know better and hold their heads in shame. There is no excuse for this kind of language.
‘On top of that, accessible platforms aren’t for privileged rock stars and their friends. These platforms exist so that disabled people can enjoy live music- without them many of our festivals would simply be off limits.’
MailOnline has contacted Noel’s representatives for comment.
Noel performed at Glastonbury alongside his band High Flying Birds and revealed he enjoys the event because he doesn’t have a ‘corporate tie-in’ having performed at an array of festivals during his career.
Noel chatted to Dermot O’Leary on his BBC Radio 2 show ahead of taking to the Glastonbury stage for the fourth time, with the singer asked why he keeps coming back to the annual event.
He said: ‘It is the only festival in the world, in the truest sense of the word, I’ve done them all, they’re all big gigs in fields, sponsored by tech companies. This is the only one where it’s a festival of the arts.
‘You can watch a film, see a comedian, you can go to a knitting circle. I’m telling you, I’ve done them all and some of them have their own merits, but this is the one that stands out in the entire world. It’s an amazing thing and it’s one of the great things about this country.’
Fun times: Noel had been partying alongside the likes of Rose Ferguson, Stella McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne at the festival
He added: ‘I come here more often than I play here, I’ve played here five times but I come every year, it affects your experience when you come to hang out because you’re not being handed flyers being trying to sold insurance .
‘You bump into the locals here, you know, you bump into the locals here, a fella with a sailor’s hat on and a woman carrying a picture of a pet that died 30 years ago saying, “Ooh this is my little ruffy boy, he died this time last year,” and you’re like, ”Ok, do you know where the John Peel tent is?”.’
While it was Noel’s fourth show at Glastonbury, it was the first time he took to the stage with his band Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.
Performance: Noel performed at Glastonbury alongside his band High Flying Birds and revealed he enjoys the event because it doesn’t have a ‘corporate tie-in’