‘I read a gossip piece’ meme mocks Moby’s Instagram post

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Moby’s been having a rough week.

Not long after he posted a shirtless Instagram photo as evidence of having alleging dated Natalie Portman, the singer caught the wrath of the internet. Portman denied her relationship with Moby in a recent interview with Harper Bazaar UK Online, and stated her interactions with him were nothing more than an old man trying to be “creepy” with a young girl. Moby’s Instagram photo sought to prove that the two actually did meet, and they did go on a date, which means they must have been dating.

This is when the memes began.

People began posting photos of older actors standing next to young girls, with captions that mocked the way Moby wrote about his interaction with Portman.

Celebrities even jumped in, posting photos of themselves with other celebrities.

Then other people posted photos (or photoshopped themselves) next to celebrities.

And of course, what’s a meme without a Twin Peaks reference?

After all the internet backlash, Moby wrote on his Instagram: “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.”

He continued with another Instagram post, that included more photos of him with a young Natalie Portman, and a caption saying this incident has resulted in him receiving death threats from “strangers on the internet.”

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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.

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Shortly after, the singer gave one final sign off.

“Attack me, slander me, lie about me,” he wrote in another Instagram caption. “In the meantime I’ll be trying to save animals and help stop humans from destroying the only home we have. Bye.”

Maybe next week will be better, Moby.

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Dominic-Madori Davis

Dominic-Madori Davis

Dominic-Madori Davis is a recent graduate of the University of Southern California. She covers the internet, politics, and social issues.