Will Oldham has launched an unprecedented attack on Bill Gates, criticising the computer magnate on the motives behind his charity work.
In a wide-ranging interview with Fogged Clarity (via Pitchfork), Oldham, often known as Bonnie “Prince” Billy, said, “[It’s] like Bill Gates … I want to eradicate cholera, so I can get another motherf—er to buy my computer. That’s why he wants people to live: because if people are alive they have money to spend and they will buy his f—ing computer.”
“He doesn’t really want people to live. He loves people because they have made him wealthy beyond every human being’s wildest imagination. That’s why he loves people …He loves people because they made him wealthy.”
This may be one of the first times that someone has criticised Gates for his work with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which aims to tackle extreme poverty and disease across the world.
Gates has pledged to give more than half of his $54 billion (£34.6 billion) wealth to charity.
Oldham added, “We’re seeking answers and the answers that we come up with are giving us iPads and nuclear war.
“You know we want to eradicate cancer and eradicate colds and eradicate malaria so that we can destroy people with weapons. That’s why we want people to be free with of these diseases: so that we can control who dies and how.”
He also found time to compare creating albums to ladies’ bottoms. “Making records is commerce, and it’s about fooling yourself as a writer and a performer and fooling the audience into not thinking about it and accepting it. It’s like when you walk down the street, and you say, ‘Look at that girl’s ass, it’s so great.’ You’re ignoring the fact that she farts and s—s out of that ass.”