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Moby Cancels Book Tour after Outing Himself as an Arsehole

by Paul Cashmere on May 30, 2019

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Moby has cancelled his upcoming book tour after making a complete arsehole of himself by writing sleazy unconfirmed and unauthorized comments about Natalie Portman in his new book.

The following notice appears at his website:

moby is canceling all upcoming public appearances for the foreseeable future.
we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. all tickets will be refunded at the point of purchase, and moby is happy to provide signed bookplates to everyone who bought tickets to these events.

Moby has issued a series of apologies to Portman on Instagram, the last saying, “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”.

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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!

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I’m being told to stay silent, but while the world is paying attention I wanted to say this: if you want to hate me or condemn me, by all means, do so. but while i have the world's attention i'd like to say a few things. according to the united nations over 1,000,000 species are on the verge of extinction. the refugee crisis is getting worse. the coral reefs are disappearing. the rainforests are disappearing. the consequences of climate change are getting worse and worse. western democracy is under attack. and over 1 BILLION animals are killed by and for humans every yer. i'm NOT trying to evade responsibility. i made my apology and i 100% stand by it. i'm simply trying to say that the only home we have is in truly systemic crisis. and rather than use our time, energy, and power to tear each other down, why don't we work to save the only home we have? again, hate me if you want, but i'm an insignificant nothing when compared and contrasted to the problems that we've created, and which are threatening to destroy our only home. Do these three things and save the planet: -stop using petroleum -stop using coal -stop using animals for food. This is honestly the last chance as a species that we’ll have. -Moby

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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

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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.

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