‘He should hang his head in shame’: Noel Gallagher is branded by a disability charity after he ‘mocked wheelchair users at Glastonbury’
- Noel, 55, is said to have been able to access the disabled viewing platform at Glastonbury and joke about concertgoers tipping over from their wheelchairs
- Disability charity Scope told MailOnline: ‘The occasional abuse and belittling of people with disabilities in this interview is despicable
- Accessible platforms are not for privileged rock stars and their friends. These platforms are there so that people with disabilities can enjoy live music’
Noel Gallagher has been labeled despicable by the disability organization Scope after he allegedly made comments about belittling the disabled.
The singer, 55, was discussing his time at Glastonbury when he revealed he had watched Jamie T’s set on the John Peel set from the disabled viewing platform.
Noel revealed that he flashed his Access All Areas pass to gain entry for himself and Rita Ora after a security guard tried to stop him and said, “See that pass, mate? It brings me the damned truth.’
‘He should hang his head in shame’: Noel Gallager was branded by disability organization Scope after he ‘mocked wheelchair users at Glastonbury’
As reported by The Mirror, Noel joked that he ‘would’ have tipped someone out of a wheelchair and let his son sit in it so they could sit in the front.
He is also said to have joked that he would “touch people on the forehead and tell them ‘to get up…you can walk’.”
Noel added: “I have to say, those handicapped cats have a great view of everything.”
Commenting on the comments, Warren Kirwan, media manager at Scope, the disability equality charity, told MailOnline: “The casual abuse and belittling of people with disabilities in this interview is despicable.”
Onstage: The 55-year-old singer was discussing his time at Glastonbury when he revealed he’d seen Jamie T’s set on the John Peel set from the disabled viewing platform (pictured during festival performance)
He continued: “Noel Gallagher and Matt Morgan should know better and be ashamed of themselves. There is no excuse for this kind of language.
Moreover, accessible platforms are not for privileged rock stars and their friends. These platforms are there so people with disabilities can enjoy live music – without them many of our festivals would just be off limits.”
MailOnline has reached out to Noel’s representatives for comment.
Performing at Glastonbury with his band High Flying Birds, Noel revealed that he enjoys the event as it has no ‘business connection’ as he has performed at numerous festivals throughout his career.
Noel chatted with Dermot O’Leary on his BBC Radio 2 show before taking to the Glastonbury stage for the fourth time, and the singer asked why he keeps coming back to the annual event.
He said: ‘It’s the only festival in the world, in the truest sense of the word, I’ve done them all, they’re all big shows in the field, sponsored by technology companies. This is the only one where it is a festival of the arts.
‘You can watch a movie, 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 merits, but this is the one that stands out in the whole world. It’s a great thing and it’s one of the great things about this country.”
Fun times: Noel was partying along with 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 if you come to hang out because you don’t get flyers trying to sell insurance .
“You run into the locals here, you know, you run into the locals here, a man in a sailor hat and a woman with a picture of a pet that died 30 years ago and said, ‘Ooh, this is my little rough boy, he died about this time last year,” and you say, “Okay, do you know where the John Peel tent is?”
Although it was Noel’s fourth show at Glastonbury, it was the first time he took the stage with his band Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.
Performance: Noel performed at Glastonbury with his band High Flying Birds and revealed that he enjoys the event as it has no ‘business connection’