Paul McCartney: It's "stupid" when people say face masks infringe on civil liberties

21 December 2020, 15:58 | Updated: 6 July 2021, 16:08

Paul McCartney performing at The O2 Arena in December 2018
Paul McCartney performing at The O2 Arena in December 2018. Picture: GettySamir Hussein/WireImage

The Beatles legend spoke out about the Coronavirus pandemic and shared his strong views on wearing protective face wear.

Paul McCartney has slammed people who refuse to wear face masks because they think it infringes on their civil liberties.

In December, the former Beatle took part in an interview to talk about the release of his latest album McCartney III, when the subject of the Coronavirus pandemic came up.

Speaking to journalist Seth Doane on CBS Sunday Morning he said: "I don't want to give it to anyone, I don't want to ge, when the subject of the Cronavirus pandemic came up.

"When people sort of say, ‘Wearing masks is infringing on my civil liberties,’ I say, ‘No. That is stupid.'"

The legendary musician expanded on the subject to The Sun, adding: "I’m a grandad and you don’t want grandad to collapse. You’ve got to stay strong, that’s all you can do, or you go under."

Macca - who is married to his third wife Nancy Shevell - spent much of lockdown in the UK with his daughter Mary and her family, and he was "a little worried" about telling people he'd been enjoying isolation because so many had found things tough.

He revealed: "A lot of friends were saying, ‘Wow, I’ve never spent so much time with my wife!’

“And it was great because I got to spend time with my daughter Mary and her family. So that meant I had four of my grandkids together, which was really nice.

"Great family, very loving and we’re in the countryside so, if we went out to get a breath of fresh air, we didn’t meet anyone.

“I was a little worried about telling anyone I was having a good time because I knew so many people weren’t but most people I talked to said, ‘Oh yeah, there’s a silver lining’.”


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