Moby faces backlash for op-ed saying food stamps shouldn't pay for soda, candy, or processed meats

Moby in June 2017. (Photo: Getty Images)
Moby in June 2017. (Photo: Getty Images)

Moby is being criticized for his op-ed on food stamps.

In an article for the Wall Street Journal titled “Food Stamps Shouldn’t Pay for Junk,” the vocal vegan argues that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) should have limitations on what people can buy.

The singer and DJ opens the post by sharing his personal experience with SNAP. “The Food Stamp Program started as a way to help people whose shelves were empty,” he begins. “It certainly helped my family. My mother was a single parent who struggled to make ends meet in wealthy Darien, Conn., during the 1970s. We relied on food stamps until I was 16.”

However, the singer calls out how the offerings are not always helpful or healthy: “SNAP rules allow stores to distribute candy, soda, cheese products, energy drinks, processed meats and lots of other items that end up seriously compromising the health of SNAP recipients.”

“Large industrial food producers love a program that obliges the government to pay for anything and everything they produce,” he pens. “Selling soda, candy and heavily processed meats is easy when the government picks up the tab. Under SNAP, the big food conglomerates go to the bank while the poor end up in the emergency room.”

Moby believes the government should push for a program that focuses on “cheap, healthy foods like beans, vegetables, fruit and whole grains.”

“Congress should fix SNAP, not gut it,” he concludes. “The U.S. can have healthier people, lower health-care costs, and a trimmer budget at the same time.”

The post has enraged many readers, with some saying the concept essentially shames the poor.

While others pointed out the hypocrisy in dictating what people can and can’t eat.

Especially while you’re a millionaire.

Moby had his supporters, too.

You can read the whole op-ed here.

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