It’s no secret that not every place on our planet experiences day and night at the exact same time. That’s because the Earth is a globe, which helps contribute to our differing time zones, seasons, and lengths of total daylight.
Yet despite the overwhelming scientific proof, there’s a handful of people out there who believe the Earth is actually a flat disk. They’re called Flat-Earthers, and some celebrities have actually indicated they might buy into this bizarre conspiracy theory.
While some of these celebs were speaking with their tongues firmly in their cheeks and poking fun at a silly theory, it’s also possible they’re true Flat-Earthers…
You’ve seen the images from NASA: this big, blue globe called Earth is the planet that we all inhabit together. Its shape is as certain as death and taxes. Still, there are a handful of people out there who would tell you this NASA photo was actually faked.
They’re called Flat-Earthers, and they’re a (thankfully) tiny group of people who believe the Earth is a disk, with the North Pole at its center and an ice wall (Antarctica) around its edges. As silly as this sounds, a few athletes and celebrities have made strange comments that might make you raise an eyebrow and think: are they Flat-Earthers?
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1. Kyrie Irving: In a 2017 interview, Irving commented on his view of the planet: “This is not even a conspiracy theory,” he said. “The Earth is flat. The Earth is flat. It’s right in front of our faces. I’m telling you, it’s right in front of our faces. They lie to us.” His comments sent the media into a frenzy, and soon, the conspiracy was in 2017’s public eye.
Irving later rescinded his comments, claiming his words were really just a social experiment.
2. Shaquille O’Neal: He’s over seven feet tall and is sometimes known as The Big Aristotle—he nearly finished his Ph.D—but on a show called “The Big Podcast” he jokingly (we hope) shared an interesting take on the Earth: “I drive from Florida to California all the time, and it’s flat to me. I do not go up and down at a 360-degree angle.”
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Later asked to clarify, he said, “No, I don’t think that. It was a joke, OK?” But even joking about being a flat-Earther is enough to get eyebrows permanently raised in your direction.
3. Sammy Watkins: Though he hasn’t admitted this himself, reputable Los Angeles Rams’s journalist Lindsey Thiry recently tweeted, “Rams receiver Sammy Watkins is among those who believe the Earth is flat.” When asked for a source, she simply replied, “Sammy Watkins.”
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Without hearing Watkins make the claim himself, it’s hard to know for sure if that’s how he truly feels. Still, it would be a strange thing for Thiry to make such a claim for no reason.
4. Draymond Green: After Kyrie Irving’s comments, reporters went on a rampage asking other NBA stars for their opinions on the Earth’s true curvature. When asked about Irving’s comments, Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors gave an up-in-the-air response: “I don’t know,” he said. “I haven’t done enough research, but it may be flat.”
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Green followed up his comments by refusing to call his fellow competitor crazy: “I don’t want to say crazy. It’s hard to call someone’s opinion crazy. That’s what he thinks.”
5. B.o.B: Once, this rapper tweeted, “A lot of people are turned off by the phrase ‘flat Earth’… but there’s no way u can see all the evidence and not know… grow up.” He has since deleted the tweet, but plenty of news outlets captured and chronicled his public assertions that the Earth is flat.
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On November 23, 2017, the rapper then tweeted, “now realize that there is no Earth… there is only now,” further complicating what exactly he believes about this planet we live on.
6. Tila Tequila: As many celebrities do when they want to shout their thoughts and theories from the rooftops, Tila Tequila took to Twitter, writing in all caps, “I will stop my #Flatearth talk if someone can send me a… photo of the horizon with a curvature.”
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7. Freddie Flintoff: If you’re reading from the U.S.A., you might be thinking Who? Well, he’s a cricket player from the U.K.—a mighty good one at that—and he once had a few burning questions about the Earth’s surface. He actually asked on a BBC 5 Live podcast: “If you’re in a helicopter and you hover, why does the Earth not come to you if it’s round?”
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He also mused, “The middle [of the Earth] is the North Pole, around the outside is the South Pole which is like a big wall of ice,” he said. “This is why all governments now have bases on the South Pole.”
8. Sherri Shepard: When Whoopi Goldberg asked her if she thought the Earth was flat in a 2007 episode of The View, Shepard responded, “I don’t know. I never thought about it, Whoopi. Is the world flat? I never thought about it. I tell you what I thought about, how I’m going to feed my child.”
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She later clarified that she doesn’t think the Earth is flat, thank goodness.
This list just goes to show you that some things are better not to joke about when you’re on camera—and the shape of the Earth is one of them!
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