Noel Gallagher of Oasis refuses to wear mask during pandemic

By Alexandra Heilbron on September 16, 2020 | 47 Comments

Noel Gallagher official Instagram

He considers masks a “nuisance”

Former Oasis frontman Noel Gallagher, 53, refuses to wear a mask during the COVID-19 pandemic, even though wearing a face covering over your nose and mouth is mandated by law in all UK stores.

He won’t even wear one in stores in Manchester, where he lives, or on public transportation. Speaking on the Matt Morgan podcast, he said, “There are too many civil liberties being taken away from us now. If I get the virus it’s on me, it’s not on anyone else … There’s no need for it … They’re pointless.”

He said he’s been challenged in a store and on a train. That’s why he recently decided to take a private jet for a holiday to France and Italy rather than fly commercial.

Gallagher told the UK newspaper The Sun, “There was six of us and we were like, ‘f going to Heathrow and being marched around and being told what to do.’ So we went by private jet and it was very pleasant. It’s not something I do often because they are expensive for what they are but the ballanch [nuisance] of having to get on a plane in a mask.”

The UK currently ranks as the fifth-highest country around the world for coronavirus deaths, at over 41,000, although for total cases, they’ve slipped down the ranks to 14th place, with a total of 381, 219 cases. The U.S. still leads with 6.8 million cases and 200,679 deaths.

How do you feel about wearing a mask? Do you agree with Noel Gallagher? Share your thoughts below in the comments. ~Alexandra Heilbron

Comments & Discussion

  1. Gwen Collins • September 16, 2020 @ 2:19 PM

    This guy is an a–hole! If you want to get the virus, go for it. But I don’t want to get it from you. I hope you get the virus and spread it to your closest and dearest! You make me very mad.

  2. mike • September 16, 2020 @ 6:13 PM

    Good for him! I hate when people complain about masks if you want wear wear it! but stop forcing it on everyone! bunch of Nazis.

  3. Ross Murray • September 16, 2020 @ 11:07 PM

    I wish people like Noel would get it! I lean right of centre and DO NOT LIKE the mask rules, and I’ve said to people and continue to say it’s going to be VERY interesting to see what happens when this pandemic gets under control and dies down – as per 100+ years ago. But for now, and for some time to come, it is NOT ABOUT YOU! It is NOT ABOUT YOUR FREEDOM! It is about others, especially those who are more vulnerable. Frankly, now, I hope you do contract it. Not friends or relatives; just you. Maybe then, you really will GET IT.

  4. dave meunier • September 17, 2020 @ 9:47 AM


  5. Chad • September 17, 2020 @ 9:49 AM

    How is protecting your fellow human being an affront to your freedom? And really, who’s even talking about Oasis anymore? First time I’ve heard of them in years

  6. Bruce Cooper • September 17, 2020 @ 9:50 AM

    If you’re not up in arms about “No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service!” being against your civil liberties or “No Smoking” and “Must Wear Seatbelts” then you’re just being a d*%!head!

  7. Ron • September 17, 2020 @ 9:52 AM


  8. Lynda • September 17, 2020 @ 9:54 AM

    Noel Gallagher is a selfish sack of shit. If he was at all informed on the issue he would know that wearing a mask isn’t to protect him, it is to keep him from spreading the infection to others should he become infected. Which at this point, seems likely. Let’s hope stupidity isn’t also contagious as he would definitely pass that on, too.

  9. Stefan • September 17, 2020 @ 9:54 AM

    I thought only Americans were this stupid. Expect numbers to go up in UK if he’s not the exception. Look forward to another lockdown, idiots!

  10. Lynda • September 17, 2020 @ 9:55 AM

    Noel Gallagher is a selfish sack of shite. If he was at all informed on the issue he would know that wearing a mask isn’t to protect him, it is to keep him from spreading the infection to others should he become infected. Which at this point, seems likely. Let’s hope stupidity isn’t also contagious as he would definitely pass that on, too.

  11. Allan • September 17, 2020 @ 10:02 AM

    Interesting how China locked the virus down in short order while the rest of the world struggles.
    Pirates like this dude ignore laws and rules in arrogant displays. When we double-up on seasonal flu plus COVID and children start dying we will see how brash an attitude he will retain.

  12. Ken • September 17, 2020 @ 10:14 AM

    How about my freedom to drive as fast as I want?

  13. Fred • September 17, 2020 @ 10:14 AM

    Here’s some advice from a legal firm: “If you have been refused entry to a private business for not wearing a mask and would like to explore the options for to protect your civil liberties, our law firm would be happy to explain just how f**king stupid you are.”

  14. Christine • September 17, 2020 @ 10:17 AM

    If cloth masks actuality did anything to stop microscopic virus’s I’d wear one, BUT THEY DON’T! You are all just sheep being told it will keep you safe when in reality it just makes you think you are safe. The public is being placated because they have no way of actually keeping you 100% safe. Wash your hands! Don’t touch your face! Those are things that will actually make a difference.

  15. Mike • September 17, 2020 @ 10:18 AM

    He’s right. People should have a choice whether or not to wear a mask. They are asking people to suppress their own health. But the scientific evidence based on actual RCTs says there is zero evidence masks do anything. So wearing a mask is a political requirement, it has nothing to do with health. Nobody is protecting anyone by wearing one. Sorry to burst your bubble, but you’re not a good person because you wear a mask. you’re not protecting anyone, you’re signalling your compliance to your slavery and it’s a virtue signal. Even Fauci said it’s a symbolic gesture.

    The “overwhelming evidence” that masks work is all based on assumptions and models. Show me one RCT that proves 100% that masks work. Every study that has that conclusion is based on models, assumptions and says that further research is required.

    Models based on assumptions that masks actually work. You can’t make that assumption when you’re trying to investigate whether or not they work. you have to prove that they work empirically. And they have not done that. This is all a sham.

  16. Allan • September 17, 2020 @ 10:33 AM

    There is a choir in Washington State that caught it and they were not shaking hands! Your Fauci news is Old science and we’ve moved on. Think how Your vapor is exposed on a cold night under a light that’s how the virus is spread and a-choired!!!

  17. Tom • September 17, 2020 @ 10:47 AM

    Good on him. I have also not worn a mask since this bull has started. Grow a pair sheeple and stand up for your rights! Stop watching the mainstream propaganda news and do some research as to what is really going on!

  18. Allan • September 17, 2020 @ 10:52 AM

    News alert!
    Donald Trumps news secretary says that the Teflon Don has “always supported the wearing of masks.”
    Giant Fail

  19. enza delia • September 17, 2020 @ 10:53 AM

    he is selfish and anyone that agrees with him are the same , go to an icu and see those people struggling to breathe then talk to me , your infringing on my civil rights not to die if you don’t like it then don’t go out wear your mask. could give a shit about your life its my own life I care about, and beside the fact its the law, I hope u get arrested and have to pay a huge fine…

  20. Diane • September 17, 2020 @ 10:53 AM

    Glad to see not everyone has drank the Kool-Aid – I personally did some research and they are not effective – I wear it if I have to but I am not fooling myself

    Here’s a medical study for you to read to back this up

  21. Jule Ann Hardy • September 17, 2020 @ 10:58 AM

    I wonder if he self isolated after using that private jet. This just sounds like flaunting of rich privilege to me, and thinking nothing affects you when we’re in the middle of a world crisis. Masks protect other people from you.

  22. Jamie • September 17, 2020 @ 11:10 AM

    I think he is right. It is no worse than any other virus we have been exposed to. H1N1? Sars? They were not put in pandemic mode were they? It is airborne. A mask us not going to stop it

  23. Jackie Eddy • September 17, 2020 @ 11:25 AM

    I applaud him. Lucky he can afford to go by private jet. Unfortunately the sheep must fly regular flights and comply or don’t fly. After all the reading I have done pro and con it seems there really is no benefit to wearing a mask in terms of the virus. The benefits appear to be to those imposing the ‘new’ rules.

  24. Lisbeth Slabotsky • September 17, 2020 @ 11:40 AM

    While I’m not aware of the group, this one needs to have consequences. Unfortunately, his ego is going to make a lot of other people ill. He needs to be isolated and shunned. Especially, shunned. And everyone and everything he is involved with should do the same. How many people will he infect when he catches the Plague.?

  25. Duane Graham • September 17, 2020 @ 11:48 AM

    Waaahhhhhhh I don’t wanna wear a mask, waaaahhhhhhhhhh!!! Grow up. Go visit someone dying in the hospital on a respirator and tell them your sob sorry about your rights.

  26. Charles M. • September 17, 2020 @ 11:57 AM

    What a selfish piece of garbage!!! One wears a mask so they don’t possibly infect others. I look forward to the day that I read that he has died and Gone Back To Hell!!!

  27. Brenda • September 17, 2020 @ 12:00 PM

    It’s people like this who keep the virus alive. This is not a suggestion it is a way to be supportive to the community. He is selfish. When you are walking on a quiet street you don’t have to wear a mask. But when there are others around who aren’t in your circle of 10, wear a mask. If you can’t distance yourself, wear a mask. Singing is the worse as is shouting so be quiet get off your high horse and if you really don’t think wearing a mask is important go to a large mass of people not wearing a mask and enjoy yourself but stay away from my family because I want them to survive to be able to get the vaccine. You might survive but the seniors may all die and that generation has had terrible side affects that will follow them for the rest of their lives. It’s hard on the people following the rules so people flaunting the rules and making the curve go up is upsetting.

  28. Duane Graham • September 17, 2020 @ 12:01 PM

    I’d also like to add for those that say masks are pointless that even condoms don’t work 100% of the time. There are consequences if you don’t wear it, but still a chance if you do, but wouldn’t you rather say you did everything you could to prevent the spread?

  29. Daniel Schneider • September 17, 2020 @ 12:13 PM

    We need more powerful people to stand up to this hoax. This is the biggest lie. The numbers are so fake and they will just say you have Covid even if it’s something else. Also the fact that people can also be diagnosed without showing any signs or symptoms is another red flag. It’s just a way to keep this lie alive. The problem is there are way too many sheep in this world that believe anything they hear. That’s why social media influences are so overrated because it doesn’t take much for most people to get influenced. Those people are the reason this world is so messed up. If your not going to think outside the box and use your mind with common sense the government will keep doing this. It won’t ever stop. They are getting even more in love with control and the power they have by so many people obeying everything. All these businesses closing and they want to pretend there is a second wave when there wasn’t even a first one to begin with just to destroy anything that the government doesn’t profit from. I just don’t understand what’s it’s going to take for people to Wake Up! Have some guts and stand up for your rights. Don’t allow this world to become a communist world because that’s what they are trying to do. The more you listen the bigger the power trip becomes. One of the biggest lies is the moon landing and they are still trying to celebrate it to this they when it didn’t ever happen. yet so many people still eat that up for breakfast with no questions. Just your crazy and a flat earther, conspiracy Theorist, science denier etc. Use your brains! It’s so obvious none of those astronauts went. Buzz Aldrin loves to profit off of it and the others don’t even like to talk about it unless the audience or media are believers. Like I mentioned in the beginning, it’s going to take powerful people to stand up to the government and get others to know that we have been lied to since pretty much the dawn of time. It’s just all become out in the open now but it’s about getting all these sheep to open up their eyes and stop allowing themselves to be brainwashed.

  30. Allan • September 17, 2020 @ 12:28 PM

    First of all I would like to thank all the intelligent people that have commented here.
    To “those people” who are contrarians and spend too much time in their cave basements fighting against Mommies authoritarian attempts I say congrats, nature will no doubt weed you out.
    Your noses are far too far up the butts of the other Black Sheepies ahead of you marching lockstep toward a giant cliff.
    Survival of the fittest meant in the mind as well not only body and the most guns!

  31. Cindy • September 17, 2020 @ 12:53 PM

    Gee, isn’t that great for him.
    Masks also protect people around you. If he was infected and asymptomatic, he is spreading the virus … any virus … to others.
    Bet he had to fasten his seat belt on take off and landing.

  32. Mr. Self-Isolation • September 17, 2020 @ 1:40 PM

    All of a sudden some of you people are experts. Where’d you obtain your Degrees… in a gumball machine? I know whose advice I will be avoiding. Don’t be so damn righteous and selfish! Wear a mask to protect others and they, in turn, should wear a mask to protect you. Wash your hands thoroughly and often. Avoid touching your face until after you have thoroughly washed your hands. Carry hand sanitizer with you and use it often. Some of my best friends are Medical Professionals and Microbiologists. I follow their advice and I stay safe.

  33. Christine • September 17, 2020 @ 1:55 PM

    So, in all your opinions, we should all wear a mask for the rest of our lives? Because a piece of cotton can stop a microscopic virus? Maybe people should stop and think for themselves for a minute. Unless your going to wear a industrial grade mask with appropriate filters, your not protected against anything smaller then a droplet! And I worked in healthcare for almost 20 years!

  34. Caroline Medd • September 17, 2020 @ 2:38 PM

    Good for him! I agree totally and also do not wear a mask. There is enough evidence to show they do not work. Where there is risk, there should be choice.
    They mandated it way too late to stop anything.
    Number sare increasing due to all the testing being done – not an increase in getting the virus.
    The gov’t and health people DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT to tell everyone in the world what to do. Civil liberties are being thrown right out the window and people don’t even see it.
    Good for him and I support it all.

  35. Lorena • September 17, 2020 @ 3:55 PM

    I hate selfish people. Shame on him…and anyone else who refuses to wear a mask. You are too ignorant to care about anyone else.

  36. Colleen S • September 17, 2020 @ 5:04 PM

    Masks DONT protect you ! They protect OTHERS from YOU . You wear a mask as a sign of respect to other humans so G-d for I’d if you are a symptomatic or asymptomatic carrier of COVID you dont give it to someone else.

    With masks it IS all about YOU not “me’

  37. Colleen S • September 17, 2020 @ 5:09 PM

    Ps true the mask does not stop micro sized viruses but it does stop droplets from sneezing and coughing especially . Helping limit the risk ….and even just as a visual sign of solidarity to those at risk- to say, I’m thinking of you….I care about your well being

  38. kimberley adeoye • September 17, 2020 @ 5:25 PM

    I wear a mask, I want to protect myself from this virus. He is just stupid and ignorant. This is a virus that kills everyone. Just wear a mask that’s all.

  39. Nunofub • September 17, 2020 @ 6:57 PM

    There have only been 9000 deaths in the USA (the other 191,000 deaths were from comorbidities and many tested negative for covid but were classed as covid because of financial incentive). It’s right there on the CDC website. Cloth masks do nothing to stop covid and in fact act to spread pathogens through both improper use and through decreases in other measures “because now I have a mask”. Anyway, the USA, even at those inflated numbers, is not leading the world in covid deaths. Deaths per capita is a real measurement. USA is number 9 on that list. Anyone who thinks that refusal to don a mask is equivalent to being a Trump supporter will not even look this data up. But if you want to go to google scholar and type in “cloth masks” and “policy” you will discover for yourself how useless they are.

  40. Nunofub • September 17, 2020 @ 7:00 PM

    P.s. asymptomatic carriers generally don’t pass on covid UNLESS they accumulate oral fluids on a mask by breathing. Since they’re not coughing, they have no projectile droplets to stop. Breathing into the air is safe but breathing into a mask is not. It’s a biohazard.

  41. CJ • September 17, 2020 @ 10:01 PM

    Well he is just a dick just like everyone else who refuse to wear a mask…D..I..C..K!

  42. Leonardo Favasoli • September 17, 2020 @ 10:28 PM

    Noel Gallagher has just become my new favourite recording artist because of his position on this. These mask mandates are just an authoritarian power grab to manipulate the people. The fact that it’s never said what kind of mask you need to wear, the virus doesn’t infect marxist looters and rioters and that there’s a greater fear of punishment from the government than fear of the actual virus itself I think it’s pretty strong evidence that this mask wearing is just an exercise in fearmongering the people.

  43. Vanessa • September 17, 2020 @ 11:26 PM

    If you think wearing a mask to protect yourself and others is “taking away your civil liberties”, you obviously have no clue what a civil liberty truly is.

  44. James • September 18, 2020 @ 9:35 AM

    It’s a very self-centered view of the situation, given that a big part of the reason for wearing the mask is for the protection of others!

  45. Jude • September 19, 2020 @ 12:33 PM

    Another Covidiot who thinks that if he gets, he won’t spread it. Moron. If you get it, it will be contagious everywhere you go until you actually have symptoms. Those first few days you have it and are highly contagious, you’ll be spreading it around to everyone. Wouldn’t you rather be part of the solution, instead of part of the problem? If not, look how people in the US have been spreading it around because they are too stupid to wear mask. Think of the people around you, you’ll be protecting them instead of giving it to them.

  46. Jude • September 19, 2020 @ 1:44 PM

    This is old news. Wtf? The virus has already spread everywhere. Lol

  47. quinn • September 26, 2020 @ 11:30 AM

    I don’t like wearing a mask. I do because it’s the law.

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