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Moby—musician, DJ, and vegan restaurant owner—apparently has a lot of opinions about what people should eat. Specifically poor people. In an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal that was published on Sunday, he argues that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) should support only healthy food. He suggests that SNAP shouldn’t pay for processed food like meat and cheese, or junk food like candy.
Obviously, the op-ed didn’t go over well. On Twitter, people roasted Moby’s article.
my official response to moby’s wall street journal article about food stamps pic.twitter.com/KSabeLbWye— Mira Gonzalez (@miragonz) April 10, 2018
I won’t listen to moby talk about junk food pic.twitter.com/rZCzcqQs8d— White Assad (@RacismFactory) April 10, 2018
Congratulations to Moby on his new fellowship at the American Enterprise Institute pic.twitter.com/d7Y7GWXSdn— Kate Aronoff (@KateAronoff) April 10, 2018
I agree that food stamps shouldn't be used to pay for any Moby music made in the last 19 years.— Joseph Fink (@PlanetofFinks) April 10, 2018
Hey, Moby here, the bald weakling who looks like he’d have psychic powers in an anime — anyways, here’s some nutritional advice— Mike Ginn (@shutupmikeginn) April 11, 2018
Many criticized Moby for wanting to make the lives of poor people even more difficult:
moby: we are all made of stars— jon hendren (@fart) April 10, 2018
also moby: life should be more difficult for poor people https://t.co/uxA6JXOCOm
A thing Moby and clean-eating advocates don't get is that when you're poor, a fucking Snickers bar might literally be the only positive experience you have in a day.— Absolute Unit (@ChurchCarlton) April 11, 2018
Moby (plucking and individually steaming each kernel from a corn cob): Poor people aren’t sad enough— popular comedy account “the pixelated boat” (@pixelatedboat) April 11, 2018
Although Moby grew up with a mother who used food stamps, he didn’t seem to see that it was a bad idea to tell poor people what they should eat.
In this passage Moby talks about the shame that can be felt when poor but doesn't seem to understand that having your diet dictated to you because you're poor could/would make folks feel shame/humiliated. pic.twitter.com/91lbxN3QYh— Elon James White (@elonjames) April 10, 2018
The op-ed also reignited the internet’s interest in the long-running feud between Moby and Eminem. Although Moby spoke highly of the rapper in a Reddit AMA a few years ago, the internet seems to think that Eminem has now won.
Wow Eminem was right about Moby— T’Charlie (@angelaliz_) April 10, 2018
Tiffany Kelly is the Unclick editor at Daily Dot. Previously, she worked at Ars Technica and Wired. Her writing has appeared in several other print and online publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Popular Mechanics, and GQ.