I’m going to go away for awhile. But before I do I want to apologize again, and to say clearly that all of this has been my own fault. I am the one who released the book without showing it to the people I wrote about. I’m the one who posted defensively and arrogantly. I’m the one who behaved inconsiderately and disrespectfully, both in 2019 and in 1999. There is obviously no one else to blame but me. Thank you, and I’m sorry. Moby
Because I don’t know how long the media will be fixated on me(I mean, who knew that so many people found sober middle aged guys with attachment issues to be so interesting), I thought I’d take advantage of the spotlight and draw attention to some of my favorite organizations. And please forgive me if I accidentally leave some off, I’ll try to add more tomorrow: @janegoodallinst @glaad @emilys_list @physicianscommittee @humanesociety @animalequality @thehumaneleague @greenpeaceusa @nrdc_org @prochoiceamerica @rainforestactionnetwork @wthfilm @int.anti.poaching.foundation @sheldricktrust @directactioneverywhere @wagv @everytown @sandyhookpromise @compassion_over_killing @nasaclimatechange @womenforwomen @timesupnow @orchidproject ps you will notice I didn’t include any animal sanctuaries, because to be honest there are simply too many wonderful sanctuaries to list. More tomorrow!
As some time has passed I've realized that many of the criticisms leveled at me regarding my inclusion of Natalie in Then It Fell Apart are very valid. I also fully recognize that it was truly inconsiderate of me to not let her know about her inclusion in the book beforehand, and equally inconsiderate for me to not fully respect her reaction. I have a lot of admiration for Natalie, for her intelligence, creativity, and animal rights activism, and I hate that I might have caused her and her family distress. I tried to treat everyone I included in Then It Fell Apart with dignity and respect, but nonetheless it was truly inconsiderate for me to not let them know before the book was released. So for that I apologize, to Natalie, as well as the other people I wrote about in Then It Fell Apart without telling them beforehand. Also I accept that given the dynamic of our almost 14 year age difference I absolutely should've acted more responsibly and respectfully when Natalie and I first met almost 20 years ago. Moby
I certainly haven't enjoyed this last week, but it's reminded me of a couple of things. 1-our sense of self and well-being really shouldn't come from the opinions of strangers. personally I think I'd become too reliant on external validation, especially in the form of social media. trust me, that has ended.. and: 2-my problems are tiny and insignificant, especially in a world where over 100 billion animals are killed by and for humans every year, and where we're facing largely unprecedented environmental destruction and degradation. for a long time my primary goal has been to be a better, and more effective, activist. who knows, maybe the insanity of this last week will somehow help me to do that. it certainly does seem that for me(or any of us) to obsess over social media when the world is truly falling apart is an un-ethical waste of time. -moby p.s-a reminder; none of our concerns will matter if the climate keeps rising, the rainforest keeps disappearing, and species continue to go extinct. social media won't sustain us in a world that doesn't support human life.
Over 100 Billion animals killed by and for humans every year. Simply: please be one less person hurting animals. Pic @calfrescue
You know what’s nice? That nature doesn’t care. Also, I can choose frustration and bitterness, or I can remember that as an activist I’m here to help, not to be helped. To be of service, not to be served. Might sound like hippie nonsense, but it’s what I believe. And that adversity is no excuse for abandoning integrity and principles. So, attack me, slander me, lie about me, in the meantime I’ll be trying to save animals and help stop humans from destroying the only home we have. Bye.
In my memoir Then It Fell Apart I respectfully and honestly describe the brief, innocent, and consensual romantic involvement I had with Natalie Portman in 1999. But she’s denying that we ever dated, even though in the past she’s publicly discussed our involvement, and there’s ample photographic evidence that we briefly dated and then were friends(some pictures included in this post). It hurts to be lied about, especially as I’ve always respected her, and I thought we were friends. But I’ve been receiving anonymous threats of violence from her fans, and it’s affecting my business and my health. So what should I do? What do you do when people believe lies and accusations and not actual photographs and evidence? I want to take the high road, but I honestly don’t know what to do. It’s one thing to be lied about, and entirely another when someone’s lies result in physical threats from complete strangers.
Dear trolls, While I’m flattered by the attention, I just don’t know if the best use of your time and your life is hating a stranger based on egregiously limited information. I mean, when you are on your deathbed do you really want to think, “at least I spent my time hating strangers on social media”? It is of course your life, but I just have to assume there are better things to do with your time…but again, thank you for all of the attention, it’s very flattering.
Growing up listening to Minor Threat and Dischord releases(void, teen idles, government issue, scream, dag nasty, fugazi, etc)I never thought I’d get to sit on the Dischord front porch and talk about animal rights with Ian. What an amazing day. (Ps I’m dressed like a limo driver because after dischord house I went to Capitol Hill to lobby Congress with @humanesociety ). @dischordrecords #flexyourhead #xvx
As an alcoholic I bottomed out thousands of times, but one of the darkest was here, on Mott street. It was my birthday, September 11, 2008, and I was so drunk I just lay on the sidewalk in my own throw-up, listening to ‘closer’ by joy division, crying and wanting to be dead. If you are battling addiction, or despair, please know: it can and will get better. And there is no shame in sharing your vulnerability with people and asking for help.
I recently read a gossip piece wherein Natalie Portman said that we’d never dated. This confused me, as we did, in fact, date. And after briefly dating in 1999 we remained friends for years. I like Natalie, and I respect her intelligence and activism. But, to be honest, I can’t figure out why she would actively misrepresent the truth about our(albeit brief)involvement. The story as laid out in my book Then It Fell Apart is accurate, with lots of corroborating photo evidence, etc. Thanks, Moby Ps I completely respect Natalie’s possible regret in dating me(to be fair, I would probably regret dating me, too), but it doesn’t alter the actual facts of our brief romantic history
Sitting in Tompkins Sq Park, watching the never ending parade of squalor and gentrification and glamor and heartbreak and anger and calm. Oh, and Dogs, always Dogs.
And that’s the end of the Then It Fell Apart U.S book tour! To be honest, it’s the only kind of touring that I like, because it’s so much more personal and intimate than conventional touring. Headed to the Uk and Ireland next week for more book touring. So, hopefully see you then. Ps a reminder: 100% of my profits from the book events, and the sale of the book, go to animal rights organizations. Pic @la_mapguy
Story time courtesy of Then It Fell Apart. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that the Trump/knob-touch story has received so much attention.. To be fair, I was REALLY drunk. Pic @lisakay107
From Lord of the Rings to Farmvile in just a few episodes.
EXACTLY as I predicted. All hail Puddles, the new liege of Westeros. Ps @puddlespityparty if you need a Hand I’m available.
Seriously, keep using animals for food and destroy the only home we have. Or don’t. It’s your choice.
All things being equal I’d have to pick London Calling as the best album ever made. Thoughts? @the_clash
It’s pretty simple, stop using animals for food and: Save animals. Save the planet. Save yourself. Pic @calfrescue
One or more people are on social media pretending to be me. To be clear: I do not have any ‘side’ accounts. Also I have NEVER dm’d anyone asking to borrow money or go on a date... I don’t know how to get the social media powers that be to shut down the fake accounts, but until I figure out how to do so, please know that this is my only account.
So sad, the last place I ever got a haircut, way back when a young Bill Clinton was president...(also, it was just a barbershop back then, not a European salon…). #goodbyehair
Dear @iamsafaree (and @tiffanyhaddish ), you can be horrified by police brutality AND be horrified by fur. They’re not mutually exclusive forms of activism.. In fact, most animal rights activists I know are also human rights and civil rights activists, as well. Trying to justify your support for one type of horror based on the existence of another type of horror is not just illogical, it is cruel, and deeply beneath you.
I honestly can’t believe that anyone still tries to defend selling or wearing fur... fur is cruel and disgusting and horrifying and ugly(*unless it’s worn by the animal who was born with it..).
So, turns out it was 20 years ago today that ‘Play’ was released. For this #tbt here’s me very hungover in the little bedroom studio on Mott st where I made ‘Play’. Fun fact: I was always hungover then. Oh, except when I was drunk. Qed.
The 21st century playbook on how to get rich and control a country. Oh, missing: make it incredibly hard for people to vote.
It absolutely is that simple. Republicans aren’t “pro-life”(as they also support the death penalty, and lock children in cages, and support foreign wars and gun violence), they’re antiquated and misogynistic. Republicans don’t care about children, they care about punishing and controlling women.
It’s simple: we either contribute to suffering and death, or we don’t. @calfrescue #animalrights
Stopped to say hi to the Chelsea Hotel. I stayed here for a while, shot the cover of ‘Play’ here, and of course drank and did too many drugs here.
Why they’re called skyscrapers.
Whenever I visit the @americanmuseumofnaturalhistory I have to visit the giant sloths. The first time I came to this museum was when I was 6 months old.. ps no giant sloths were harmed in the making of this giant sloth skeleton recreation. Just FYI.
Love knows no bounds.
Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers, everywhere.
Seriously, Republicans, what the hell are you doing? You’ve become the party of a racist, lying, business ruining, treasonous, sociopath. Do you really think we won’t remember? History will not be kind to the people and politicians who supported @realdonaldtrump . @gop @senategop @housegop @sentedcruz @marcorubiofla @foxandfriends @foxnews @seanhannity @judge_jeanine @vp @whitehouse pic: @jessicatrentpr
I’m vegan because animal agriculture is the third leading cause of the climate emergency. And because 90% of rainforest deforestation is the result of animal agriculture. And because at least 50% of healthcare costs are attributable to animal agriculture. And because 75% of antibiotic resistance is a result of animal agriculture. And because people who work on factory farms and in slaughter houses have the highest rates of depression and suicide of any profession. But ultimately I am a vegan because I categorically refuse to do anything that would cause or contribute to the suffering of an innocent animal. @calfrescue pic
‘Climate change’ has a nice gentle ring to it. But there is nothing nice and gentle about the climate emergency that is getting exponentially worse every year. Just ask the victims of the last devastating hurricanes, or typhoons, or wildfires. Ask the residents of Texas and Louisiana and Florida(who for some reason keep voting for politicians who claim that the climate emergency is a “hoax”...). Climate Emergency is real, not a hoax, and not a matter of opinion and debate. If we don’t act now(end the use of coal, oil, and animal agriculture. Stop rainforest deforestation), there simply won’t be future generations on this planet.
When you’re in a meeting, sitting at a conference table, and someone walks by with a rescued spaniel puppy you of course jump up and chase that person so they will let you play with aforementioned rescued spaniel puppy. Or I do/did. Because life is short and WE’RE TALKING ABOUT A RESCUED SPANIEL PUPPY
On May 10th I’ll be live-streaming my ‘Then It Fell Apart’ event from @townhall_seattle
I should shave, but it’s kind of nice looking a little bit like Uncle Herman. I guess I should start spending more time in New Bedford and talking about bowlines.
Im sorry, but it really is that simple. You can’t love animals and also contribute to their suffering and death.
Today is the 20th anniversary of the release of the album Play, and it’s also the official release date for Then It Fell Apart. The strange thing about this is that it was not planned. Just weird kismet, especially weird as the book basically starts with the release of Play.
Amazing goat headwear, although I take issue with ‘again’, as I’m just not sure if the U.S has ever been categorically kind. We’ve had some great luminaries and leaders, but underneath it all has always been violence and institutional racism and misogyny and bigotry. @farmanimalrefuge
Hi from Berkeley. I’m doing a book event(interview, q&a, acoustic songs)at 4:30, but got here early and decided to hang out with trees cos I’m an old hippie.
We have a pretty simple choice: learn to value, prioritize, and protect a healthy environment, or die. You can’t breathe money. You can’t drink oil.