Innovative electronic music super star and DJ Moby listed Red Oak Manor, one of his two homes in the coveted, star-studded Oaks neighborhood in L.A.’s Los Feliz area, with an asking price of $4.495 million. The spritely, smooth pated and mononymic six-time Grammy nominated musician purchased the 1926 faux-timbered and stone accented Tudor residence just […]
Techno artist and animal rights activist Moby wasn’t at the Grammys Sunday, but he was watching — and he didn’t think the artists at the awards ceremony were doing a very good job selling important messages.
Moby called out the artists taking part in the 60th Annual Grammy Awards on his Instagram feed, posting a blank white image that contained only the text, “Dear Musicians” on it. In the caption on the photo, Moby wrote, “Dear musicians, I’m watching the Grammys and only @trevornoah has had the courage to say anything relevant or political. The unrelenting shameless self promotion is fucking grim. Musicians: you have a voice, an audience, and you’re wasting it. So shameful.”
Dear musicians, I’m watching the Grammys and only @trevornoah has had the courage to say anything relevant or political. The unrelenting shameless self promotion is fucking grim. Musicians: you have a voice, an audience, and you’re wasting it. So shameful. #grammys Update: as the night progressed a few people did use their platform to speak about meaningful things and not just indulge in shameless self promotion.
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Many of the artists at the Grammys wore white roses to show their solidarity with women who have faced sexual harassment and sexual assault, especially in the workplace. The white roses followed similar pushes at other award shows this month. Stars wore black at the Golden Globes in support of the #TIMESUP movement, that supports women fighting sexual assault and harassment in the workplace. Many also wore #TIMESUP pins at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Later in the show, the Grammys pivoted to some more important, political fare, and Moby amended his comment.
“Update: as the night progressed a few people did use their platform to speak about meaningful things and not just indulge in shameless self promotion,” he wrote.
Those meaningful things probably included a moving speech from Janelle Monae before she introduced a performance by Kesha. Monae specifically addressed the huge number of women recently coming forward to accuse powerful men in the entertainment industry and beyond of sexual assault and harassment.
“Tonight, I am proud to stand in solidarity as not just an artist but a young woman with my fellow sisters in this room who make up the music industry,” Monae said. “Artists, writers, assistants, publicists, CEOs, producers, engineers, and women from all sectors of the business. We are also daughters, wives, mothers, sisters, and human beings. We come in peace, but we mean business. And to those who would dare try and silence us, we offer you two words: Time’s up.”
Kesha’s performance of her song “Praying,” was also a huge political moment. The song was Kesha’s first release of new music for nearly four years, after her legal battle with former producer Dr. Luke, who Kesha alleged had drugged and sexually assaulted her. She was joined in performing the song by Cyndi Lauper, Julia Michaels, Camila Cabello, Andra Day, and Bebe Rexha and the Resistance Revival Chorus.
2017 was a very weird news year, as we all slowly adjusted our personal levels of learned helplessness in order to survive the swaggering, awful first baby steps of the Trump administration. One of the strangest stories, though, came along pretty early in the year’s lifespan, when electronic music superstar Moby made …
Since the election, many celebrities have voiced their displeasure over President Trump and his administration. Some have even called for violence. From Robert De Niro to Snoop Dogg, here are nine left-leaning noteworthy people who have incited violence toward Trump and the GOP.
Moby’s latest video is simultaneously nostalgic and dystopian. In 1980s cartoon fashion, a giant Transformer-like Trump morphs into a swastika/dollar sign and wreaks havoc on a city before meeting a fiery, explosive demise.
Madonna admitted to a crowd of thousands at the Women’s March on Washington that she had “thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House.” The singer’s profanity-riddled jab at the largely Republican administration provoked the anger of many conservatives.
This comedienne landed in hot water after photos surfaced of her holding a fake bloody, decapitated Trump head. Griffin was promptly dropped by Squatty Potty and CNN. Trump himself called the photos “sick” and tweeted that his children were “having a hard time” with the images.
New York City Public Theater
This nonprofit theater staged a modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” that made conservative viewers want to revolt. In the production, a Trump-esque figure is stabbed to death by a band of angry Senators. The Public Theater subsequently lost sponsorships from Delta Airlines and Bank of America.
Snoop Dogg’s music video for “Lavender” (literally) paints the POTUS as a clown and orchestrates his death. At the video’s end, the “Gin and Juice” rapper points a gun at the harlequin Trump figure and shoots. But instead of a bullet, a red flag that reads “Bang!” fires out of the gun.
In a TMZ video from 2015, this boxer-turned-actor directed his rage toward Trump, calling him a “big-mouthed bitch bully” and saying he would “love 30 seconds in a room with the little bitch.” Rourke has also expressed a desire to “give [Trump] a Louisville slugger.”
Right after the election, shock-rocker Marilyn Manson had to take his turn in the Trump-bashing festivities. In a teaser video for his song, “Say10,” a Trump-like persona wearing a suit and a red tie lies decapitated on a concrete floor, in a pool of his own blood.
This actor is not afraid to express his disdain for the Commander in Chief. De Niro confirmed to ABC’s “The View” in February that he would like to punch Trump in the face. He clarified earlier comments, saying “It wasn’t like I was gonna go find him and [really] punch him in the face, but he’s gotta hear it.”
James T. Hodgkinson
James T. Hodgkinson is the man responsible for shooting and injuring several GOP leaders at a recent Congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va. According to the Washington Post, Hodgkinson worked on Bernie Sanders’ presidential bid.
Horror movies are dominated by film scores, as opposed to film soundtracks. It’s where you’ll find some of the industry’s greatest, most innovative themes and composers—Bernard Herrmann’s Psycho, John Carpenter’s Halloween, Goblin’s Suspiria, Christopher Young’s Hellraiser, Tangerine Dream’s Near Dark, Fabio Frizzi’s …
Some 1,000 artists participated in private concerts across 60 countries as part of Give a Home for Human Rights, a concert series collaboration between Amnesty International, the world’s largest human rights organization, and Sofar Sounds, a London-based company that specializes in arranging secret events in private homes. Give a Home’s aim is to raise awareness… Read more »
“We’re a community that wants to get up and dance,” veteran DJ Paul Oakenfold told Variety backstage at the first ever Electronic Music Awards. Indeed, dance music isn’t designed to be a seated affair, so Oakenfold has been trying for the last few years to bring the EDM sector together for an awards show that… Read more »