We have an unfortunate habit in this part of the world of conflating intelligence with success. The guy who makes it rich in music, TV or movies has to be a smart guy, otherwise, how could he or she have gotten the gig, right?
Certainly, there are intelligent people to be found in showbiz. But there’s also a few people with some questionable beliefs. And worse, they use their position of fame to express those views to a very wide audience.
Here a few of the dumbest things that celebrities have ever tried to convince us is true.
Billy Corgan - Chemtrails, Lizard People, and Other Conspiracy Theories
Most of us know Corgan from Smashing Pumpkins, that alternative rock band we always forget the name of until someone reminds us. Well, Corgan has another claim to fame: conspiracy theorist.
Corgan believes in a bunch of crazy things (which he writes about at length on his blog) but we’ll just go over a few of the bigger ones. First up, chemtrails, or the belief that those lines of water condensation that passing jets occasionally leave (depending on weather conditions) are actually chemicals being doused on the population. What chemicals are they? And why would we need chemicals doused on us? Nobody knows, but Corgan certainly thinks it’s happening.
Next up, Lizard People, or the belief that the government is controlled by a race of shapeshifting lizard-like people. Again, no explanation on why, but he certainly believes in ‘em and wants you to as well.
Finally, he’s of the mind that vaccines are unnecessary and possibly the work of a government conspiracy to inject chemicals into your body. Right.
B.o.B - The Flat Earth
Rapper B.o.B must have skipped grade five science class, or never experienced Columbus Day, because he not only believes the world is flat but he’s also trying to prove it.
A bit of backstory: B.o.B became a well-known flat-earther after this Tweet from January of 2016.
The cities in the background are approx. 16miles apart... where is the curve ? please explain this pic.twitter.com/YCJVBdOWX7— B.o.B (@bobatl) January 25, 2016
After that, he got into a huge Twitter feud with astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson over the whole thing, which ended in Tyson rapping the many, many reasons why the Earth is a sphere and dropping the mic to introduce the theory of gravity. It didn’t manage to convince B.o.B who is now trying to get the money together so he can see for himself how flat the world is. He’s started a GoFundMe with the intention of purchasing “multiple weather balloons and satellites” and sending them into space. His target: $1 million. We guess nobody told him how expensive a satellite is either.
Terrence Howard - 1x1 = 2
From denying the curvature of the Earth we head over to a man who denies some of the most basic tenants of mathematics. For this one we're just going to let Terrence explain.
"How can it equal one? If one times one equals one that means that two is of no value because one times itself has no effect. One times one equals two because the square root of four is two, so what's the square root of two? Should be one, but we're told it's two, and that cannot be."
It should come as no surprise the Empire star dropped out of college because he thought all his professors were wrong.
Kanye West - AIDS Was Made By The Feds
Kanye has said some outrageous things in his time, but this one is up there in the top three. During a Live 8 concert in Phillie in 2005, Kanye told the audience that AIDS was a "man-made disease" created by white people who then "placed it in Africa just like crack was placed in the black community to break up the Black Panthers."
He then enshrined his belief in song. On the 2005 track "Heard 'Em Say" there's the lyric, "And I know the government administered AIDS/ So I guess we just pray like the minister say."
While there are certainly examples of governments being horrible to black people (Tuskegee experiments anyone?), the creation of AIDS isn’t one of them. AIDS, or more accurately HIV, is a naturally occurring virus that jumped from primates to humans in Africa.
Gwenyth Paltrow - Steaming Your Special Spot
Let’s first establish that nearly every doctor in the world has stated that a woman’s vagina is perfectly capable of cleaning itself, and if you really want to help things along soap and water is all you need. Squatting over a boiling pot of water and cooking your most delicate parts is 100% unnecessary for feminine hygiene.
Unless you talk to Gwyneth Paltrow, then she’ll say it’s something every woman has to do. "It is an energetic release—not just a steam douche—that balances female hormone levels," Paltrow wrote on her new-age online store, Goop. Which is not the name of a site we'd want to purchase anything to do with genitalia from.
Again, we’d like to stress this is both unnecessary and dangerous. You don’t want to get a burn down there.