I have always thought of “Flat Earthers” as something of an insult, something you say about people who cling to long-disproved beliefs (hence the comment by President Obama a few years ago in reference to climate deniers). Honestly, I had no idea that the whole Flat Earth Society thing was making some sort of comeback, but apparently it is. I guess it shouldn’t surprise me, but it does.
I am ordinarily blissfully unaware of a lot of the stupidity going on in American pop culture, because I don’t exactly go out of my way to discover it. In fact, I actively try to avoid it. But sometimes “teh dumb” manages to make its way through my elaborate defenses and come to my attention. For example, until recently, I had no idea that there are “celebrities” (I hesitate to use this word, but I guess it’s the word to use) who actually believe that the world is flat. But the rapper BoB’s comments on Twitter about there being a conspiracy to cover up the “truth” of the Earth being flat have gained the attention of one of my heroes, Neil deGrasse Tyson. And Dr. Tyson’s response to BoB’s conspiracy theorizing was typical of his wit. I love that guy. But I guess what he said hurt BoB’s feelings, and so naturally BoB released a song today chock full of conspiracy theories (and including a shout-out to noted Holocaust-denier and general douchebag David Irving) about how Neil deGrasse Tyson is wrong and that science is a cult.
Well. I suppose that considering there are people who believe Donald Trump will make America great again because it’s on his hat, it’s inevitable that you will find people who will believe pretty much anything. But I am still a bit stunned that both BoB and noted celebrity scientist* Tila Tequila are deeply invested not only in the flat Earth conspiracy theory, but also in this just… awesome… conspiracy theory about celebrities being cloned. It really makes me wonder what is getting put in the water where they live. Wow. Personally, I have my own theory… about some people binge-watching a lot of Orphan Black while smoking a ridiculous amount of weed, and that led to some epic crazy talk, followed by an equally epic failure to self-edit before jumping on social media.
But again, it’s just a theory.
Man. No wonder The X-Files is back on TV. (By the way, you guys do realize it’s just a TV show, though… right?)
As far as Kelly and I are concerned, count us among those “cult members” in favor of science. But you probably knew that already.
-Geoff (not the clone, the actual me**)
*Yes, I am being sarcastic. Do you really need to ask?
**Of course, conspiracy theorists, that is exactly what the cloned me would say to make you think that it’s the actual me when it isn’t, right? RIGHT?!?!? BWAH HA HA HA HA!!! MINE IS AN EVIL LAUGH!!!