Recently Twitter exploded with a “truth” bomb from Atlanta-based rapper, B.o.B. citing his belief in the Flat Earth theory. His timeline went non-stop for three days straight with photos, quoted texts, and logic, all supporting the theory and gaining the attention of a very high profile scientist. Astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse-Tyson responded leading to a heated rap battle between the two unexpected rivals. Two songs, and a dropped mic later, we are all wondering where in the world did this come from? Wasn’t the earth proved to be round like 500 years ago? Yes it was actually, in 1522 with the expedition of Ferdinand Magellan that circled the globe. So why is this debate trending on Twitter right now?
A quick Google of the term ‘Flat Earth Theory’ brings up an abundance of information and YouTube videos dating back some years from people all over the world that believe the earth is not round. Apparently B.o.B. is not alone, along with TV personality Tila Tequila who also fired off Flat Earth truth on Twitter earlier last month.
As a matter of fact, there’s even an official group called the Flat Earth Society that has been growing in existence since the 1950s. The general consensus of this group of “truthers” is that the earth is actually a flat disc with the North Pole at its center. A wall of ice supposedly makes up the Antarctic regions, surrounding the whole perimeter of the earth disc and preventing anything from falling off. The sun and moon rotate in a loop about 3000 miles above the earth, and they are flat as well.
Pretty far out stuff right? So how do they explain all of the photos and physical evidence that the earth is round? They would happily reply that it’s a cover-up and that NASA has concocted the whole thing to save face from a terrible mistake. From the landing on the moon, to photos of a round earth taken from space, its all fake and NASA employees are the ‘gatekeepers’ of the edges of the earth.
With such a strong conviction of a minority group of thinkers combined with the Internet, it’s no wonder that even celebrities would take the information and become promoters of conspiracy theory themselves. Scrolling through Bobby Ray’s twitter timeline proves that Flat Earth theory is not the only thing he believes in that is off the grid. In his mind and the minds of many theorists, the unbelieving majority is nothing but sheep (or sheeple) led by big government and the media. However it is quite interesting to note that the rapper also just put out a new album and is pushing his fans to share the link due to his social media content being censored, another conspiracy.
Could this be a funky marketing strategy for the rap artist to hype up his new album, or does he really believe his own ‘truth’? We will never really know, but at least we got out of this crazy Twitter beef two cool songs promoting scientific thought in hip hop. What do you think? Are people crazy for believing the earth is flat or does the logic make you go hmmm?
Written by: Leslie Matthews, Staff Writer, Modern Domestic