Richard Melville Hall, better known by his stage name “Moby,” defended the rights of celebrities to voice their political opinion.
“I wouldn’t denigrate a soybean farmer in North Dakota for expressing their opinion; I wouldn’t denigrate a bartender in Louisville, Kentucky for expressing their opinion,” Moby told Hill.TV during an interview that aired on Tuesday.
“I don’t know why somehow being a public figure, entertainer in the eyes of other people somehow invalidates my opinion,” he added.
Moby has several successful records under his belt, including 1995’s “Everything is Wrong,” which sold more than 9 million copies worldwide. But the record producer has since turned his attention to focusing even more on his political activism and animal rights issues in recent years.
"You look at the impact of animal agriculture on human health, on famine, on rain forest deforestation, on water usage — animal agriculture is like the Swiss army knife of issues,” he said.
The musician is a long-time critic of Trump and was a supporter of Democratic candidate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats worry negative images are defining White House Heller won't say if Biden won election Whitmer trailing GOP challenger by 6 points in Michigan governor race: poll MORE during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Prior to the 2016 election, Moby published a column in Rolling Stone slamming Trump, calling him an “actual sociopath.”
He hopes Democrats will take back the House as they’re favored to do, telling Hill.TV that the ideal outcome of Tuesday’s midterm elections would be to “put an end to the Republican party.”
“I just don’t know how the Republican Party can sustain itself as it’s essentially become the party of a racist, sociopathic reality TV star — to me, that’s not a way to win elections,” Moby said.
Moby’s interview is part of Hill.TV's election special coverage.
– Tess Bonn