Triumph and Moby: Kevin Mazur/WireImage.com
September 04, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT

Don’t worry about Moby; even though Eminem paused during an MTV Video Music Awards acceptance speech and threatened to beat up the slight, bespectacled techno-rocker, Moby says he wasn’t frightened. Eminem called him ”that Moby girl” from the podium and said, ”I will hit a man with glasses” during Thursday’s awards ceremony, but Moby didn’t take Slim Shady’s words too seriously, at least not at first. Moby’s response, posted on his website, read, ”The truth is that I honestly, in all sincerity, thought that the whole Eminem thing was done in some semblance of humor until Eminem called me a p—y (that was off camera) and then threatened to beat me up. Ah well.”

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 f–, bl– 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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