Celebrities Who Are Flat Earthers
No matter how much scientific evidence seems to prove that the Earth is indeed round, there are some people -- even famous ones -- who refuse to believe it. Aristotle may have first hypothesized that the Earth was a sphere back in the 300s B.C., but maybe that's just because he never got to read B.o.B's tweets on the matter. The stars on this list buck conventional wisdom to claim that the world is flat. After all, it's tough to see the curvature when you look out at the horizon.
These celebrities who are flat Earthers will not be convinced that they are standing on a globe. Who will you choose to believe: Tila Tequila or astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson? Check out the list and decide for yourself.
Following a long tradition of NBA players who apparently believe the Earth is really flat, Shaquille O'Neal said on his podcast that indeed the Earth is flat.
"It's true," he said on Big Podcast with Shaq. "The Earth is flat."
His reasoning? He's driven from Florida to California and said the whole ride was clearly flat to him. This info came just weeks after other NBA players - including Kyrie Irving and Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green - said they, too, believe the world is flat. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver took the opportunity at his state-of-the-league address to say the Earth is round, but this only bolstered current and former NBA players to reinforce their beliefs.
- Age: 51
- Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States of America
For someone whose job it is to touch spherical objects, you'd think NBA superstar Kyrie Irving would know a thing or two about things that are round. But apparently he doesn't. On a podcast hosted by his teammates Channing Frye and Richard Jefferson, Irving revealed that he believes the Earth is flat.
"This is not even a conspiracy theory," Irving told them. "The Earth is flat."
Irving believes the government is lying to us about the shape of Earth, and attempted an explanation to his teammates about the rotation of the sun and planets.
He later went on to say that he was just trying to have "an open conversation," but his comments still spurred a lot of other athletes to jump on the flat Earth bandwagon.
- Age: 31
- Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
- Photo: Karppinen / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 2.0
In 2016, rapper B.o.B claimed the Earth was flat. His reasoning? "No matter how high in elevation you are... the horizon is always eye level ... sorry cadets... I didn't wanna believe it either." Eventually, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson joined the conversation to shut him down with actual science. But B.o.B persisted, claiming indoctrination to a "heliocentric belief system" has turned us all into sheep.
- Age: 34
- Birthplace: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
- Photo: Toglenn / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0
In 2016, Tila Tequila tweeted unleashed a barrage of tweets revealing that she thinks the Earth is flat. She said, "It's 2016 & nobodys been able 2 prove 2 me that the earth is round. Where is the curvature in the horizon? #FlatEarth prove me wrong dammit!"
- Age: 41
- Birthplace: Singapore
- Photo: Soerfm / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain
Are we all just sheep who've been tricked by actual pictures of outer space? George Bernard Shaw thought so. He reportedly said, "We are more gullible and superstitious today than we were in the Middle Ages, and an example of modern credulity is the widespread belief that the Earth is round. The average man can advance not a single reason for thinking that the Earth is round. He merely swallows this theory because there is something about it that appeals to the twentieth century mentality."
- Age: Dec. at 94 (1856-1950)
- Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland
- Photo: Merson / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 2.0
On September 19, 2017, LA Times sports reporter Lindsey Thiry said that Sammy Watkins is indeed a Flat Earther. Thiry revealed the information in a tweet, and when she was asked for a source, she simply tweeted back, "Sammy Watkins." According to Thiry, the wide receiver himself told her he believed the Earth is flat.
- Age: 25
- Birthplace: Fort Myers, Florida, United States of America