Hey Moby, Disability Really is "Cool"


The following excerpt comes to us by way of The Inclusion Daily Express:


When Asperger Syndrome Becomes Cool

(The Globe and Mail)
June 15, 2010

TORONTO, ONTARIO– [Excerpt] In an interview with The New York Times, the musician Moby talked about how he was a purist when it came to tea, preferring it untainted by milk or sugar. “It might be a function of Asperger’s,” he said.

“You have Asperger’s?” asked the interviewer.

“No,” Moby said. “I just like to pretend I do. It makes me sound more interesting.”

No, actually, it makes you sound like a pretentious numbskull. No matter what you think of a privileged pop star pretending to have a rather serious neurological disorder to increase his street cred, there’s no doubt that Moby, for the first time in eons, has his finger on the cultural pulse.

In novels, movies and on television screens, autism is suddenly the go-to disorder when you need a charmingly strange protagonist; it’s become a plot device.

Entire article:
When Asperger’s becomes cool


0 thoughts on “Hey Moby, Disability Really is "Cool"

  1. Moby is just annoying – when he first became popular 5-10? years ago, he kept going on about how his samplings were based on ‘obscure’ recordings of folk and ‘negro’ songs that were ‘buried’ in American music archives that he had to seek out in the bowels of the Library of Congress, when actually they’ve been readily available in Alan Lomax recordings for years! This latest bout of Asperger’s-groupie-ing is a further example of his hooking on to some ‘issue’ to make himself trendy – I think this time it won’t work as well, because Asperger’s isn’t cool (like obscure ‘negro’ songs have been) or necessarily very musical. Beware the exploitative Moby! Or, as we say here in the British Isles: ‘what a tosser’.


  2. I haven’t read the article, yet, although I did read this dumb quote of Moby’s. I have to say, and I’m probably being so politically incorrect, that I’m almost jealous of the amount of press and attention that autism gets. We parents of children with refractory seizure disorders are in the shadows here, behind the curtains.


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