"You can't afford to be a misogynist in the music industry"
Noel Gallagher has spoken out on misogyny in the music industry, claiming that it treats women more as ‘equals’ than the film industry.
In the wake of the scandal that surrounds the likes of Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey in Hollywood, the former Oasis turned solo star has said that he’s never witnessed any sexual harassment or assault during his 24 years in the music industry.
“I haven’t heard of anything (in the music industry),” he told Music Feeds. 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.”
Gallagher then went on to explain that he’s never “understood” misogyny, after spending his life and childhood surrounded by women.
“You know you can’t afford to be a misogynist in the music business,” said Gallagher. “I mean, I write songs about the glory of women all the time, you know what I mean? I’ve gotten my career out of that. I love being around women, and not to objectify them, they’re funnier than most men half the time … I’ve never understood misogyny.”
He added: “I was brought up by women, my dad was not very present at all, and that’s just been my life, you know? 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. 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.”
The harrowing findings were the outcome of an investigation by the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire Show, which saw female musicians coming forward to reveal their experiences of sexual abuse.
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London songwriter Howl was one of the leading voices to detail her experiences of how she was “exploited” by male record executives at the start of her career.
This comes after Noel’s brother Liam said that while the music industry needs to rid itself of “the shit bags at the top”, he had also never witnessed any sexual harassment.
“You know it’s there. The shady little fuckers at the top. It’s not even with just men and women, it’s men and men too”, Liam admitted. “All these pop bands – you hear about it with Take That but I’ve never witnessed any of it. Nobody would come near us. We were caught up in our own bubble. We weren’t hanging about with the record company.
“We’d go to the awards show and they’d be there, but we’d just get off and do our own thing. And I certainly didn’t see any weird shit.”