The feud started at last year’s Grammy’s, when Moby called Eminem ”a misogynist, a homophobe, a racist, and an anti-Semite.” Eminem responded with a few lines in his recent hit ”Without Me,” addressing him with the words ”you 36-year-old bald-headed fag, blow me.” Moby says he didn’t take that personally either, writing, ”I think that Eminem is talented and interesting, but I’m kind of stunned at the anger that he has for me seeing as I’d never met him up until [the VMAs].”
If Moby was worried for anyone’s safety, it was that of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, who was talking to Moby just before Eminem went to the podium, brushing aside the hand puppet (and puppeteer Robert Smigel), who tried to address the rapper on his way to the stage. Writes Moby, ”I was more concerned for Triumph’s well-being. If Eminem wants to pick on someone, fine, pick on me, but don’t diss the dog-puppet. Triumph the dog-puppet is my hero. That’s the sole reason that I went to the VMAs. ‘Cos I love that little dog-puppet.”
Actually, Triumph was fine, too. In a statement on his website, the ”Late Night With Conan O’Brien” regular says he was unharmed, and adds, ”I only wish Eminem could relax and enjoy all he has: his unique talent, and his smooth white hair, which brings to mind a beagle’s nutsack. He should lighten up… I mean, my mom was a bitch too, but I don’t go writing songs about it.”
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