Celebrities often exist within a bubble of their own fame and fortune, with critical thinking and traditional values somewhat optional in terms of staying in the media spotlight. Much has been said about the influence of Scientology and Kabbalah in Hollywood, and many conspiracy theorists claim that there is devil worship and Illuminati influence throughout the entertainment industry. But those are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the baffling beliefs of some celebrity figures.
10. Kanye West And AIDS
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No one can say rapper Kanye West lacks self-esteem or is reluctant to court controversy, but surprisingly, his views on the AIDS epidemic are not widely known. During the 2005 Live 8 concert tour to raise awareness for AIDS, Kanye shocked the crowd by announcing that AIDS was a “man-made disease . . . placed in Africa just like crack was placed in the black community to break up the Black Panthers.”
These views were also reflected in the lyrics of his single “Heard ‘Em Say”:
Before you ask me to get a job today,
Can I at least get a raise on a minimum wage?
And I know the government administered AIDS,
So I guess we just pray like the minister say,
Allah o Akbar and throw em some hot cars,
Things we see on the screen are not ours.
He reinforced those views when receiving the Million Man March Image Award later that year:
I brought up in a song about [how] the government administers AIDS. I think the figure I learned at Live 8 was that there was over 6,000 people in Africa dying every day from AIDS. [ . . . ] There’s a people that are strong people, a people that are warriors, in order to get to their resources you’ve got to weaken them. What else has the strongest people you know in more of a fetal position than the AIDS epidemic? [ . . . ] The best medicine goes to people that’s paid. [ . . . ] Magic Johnson got a cure for AIDS and all the broke mothers passed away. So that means a cure for AIDS. So who has a cure? Maybe the same people that administer it that want to get to the diamonds.
9. Many Celebrities And 9/11 Trutherism
Given the track records of loony behavior for some celebrities—such as Charlie Sheen, Willie Nelson, and Mos Def—it’s not surprising that they believe 9/11 was a hoax or an inside job. But it is startling just how many usually levelheaded celebrities adhere to the notion that George W. Bush murdered thousands of Americans to justify war in the Middle East.
As quoted on pajiba.com, Woody Harrelson made historical allusions:
I am reading a book now called The New Pearl Harbor by David Ray Griffin. I’ve been stuck in the position of ignoring my gut—knowing things don’t stack up. Even though our government obviously took advantage of 9/11 by making it their “Reichstag,” I told myself, “Surely they weren’t involved.” After reading this book I can’t doubt that our government was at least complicit in allowing 9/11 to happen. Get a copy and pass it to all your friends, the evidence is irrefutable.
Harrelson was set to appear alongside Martin Sheen, another truther, in a documentary on the 9/11 attacks entitled September Morn. According to truther websites, the film deal collapsed over casting and script disputes.
As shown in the video above, Mark Ruffalo wants to see more inquiries into the fateful events:
I saw the way [all three buildings] came down and I’m baffled. My first reaction was that buildings don’t fall down like that. You know, I’ve done quite a bit of my own research. [ . . . ] The fact that the 9/11 investigation went from the moment the planes hit to the moment that the buildings fell, and nothing before and nothing after, I think, makes that investigation completely illegitimate. You know, if you’re going to do a crime investigation, you have to find motive. [ . . . ] We didn’t follow that. It was quickly pushed away, obviously. There was no evidence at the biggest crime scene. [ . . . ] None of us know what happened but I’m totally and completely behind reopening that [investigation]. Where is the money? Follow the money, guys!
He hasn’t been reluctant to give his views on the matter to any interviewer willing to ask him about it. Meanwhile, actor Janeane Garofalo is even blunter in her quote on pajiba.com:
9/11 was an inside job! I have come to this conclusion about that. [ . . . ] I think all Air America phone-in callers should open by saying, “9/11 was an inside job. We can all agree on that,” then get on with their specific question or comment. We should re-condition the listening audience to accept the Truth about 9/11 as the gospel.
8. Prince And Chemtrails
On PBS in 2009, Prince gave a rare interview to talk about misunderstood lyrics from his songs. In the video above, he was asked by the interviewer about the song “Dreamer,” which has the following lyrics:
Praying that the police sirens
Pass you by at night?
While the helicopter circles
And the theory’s getting deep
Think they’re spraying chemicals over the city
While we sleep?
From now on I’m staying awake
So you can call me a dreamer to
Wake up wake up.
Then Prince talked about what inspired him to write the song—words from black activist Dick Gregory at the annual State of the Black Union:
He said something that really hit home about this phenomena of chem trails and when I was a kid, I used to see these trails in the sky all the time and I’d say, “Oh, that’s cool—a jet just went over.” And then you started to see a whole bunch of them and the next thing you know, everybody in your neighborhood was fighting and arguing and you didn’t know why, okay? And you really didn’t know why. I mean, everybody was fighting.
Then Prince continued talking in a slightly different vein: “We’re all indentured servants. When I found out there were eight presidents before George Washington, I wanted to smack somebody. I wanted to know why I was taught otherwise.” On then–newly elected President Barack Obama, he said: “President Obama is a very smart individual and he seems like he means well. Prophecy is what we all have to go by now.”