Just when you thought the debate about the shape of the Earth had long since passed, Atlanta-based rapper B.o.B. is now unthinkably espousing the strongly held belief that our beloved planet is in fact flat. And he’s not having any of that so-called science—nor even the logic of famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Over the last several days, B.o.B.’s Twitter account has been saturated with conspiratorial claims that NASA and other elites have deceived the world into believing the Earth is round. The reasoning behind such a plot remains unclear, but that hasn’t stopped the rapper (and a few supporters) from sounding off.
“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,” reads one of B.o.B.’s tweets.
Tyson caught wind of the comical musings and attempted to set the record straight using things like facts and math. The notable scientist also admitted that B.o.B. was free to believe what he wanted, however absurd.
“Flat Earth is a problem only when people in charge think that way,” he added via Twitter. “No law stops you from regressively basking in it.”
He also explained the Earth’s exact dimensions and—in a friendly gesture—added, “Duuude—to be clear: Being five centuries regressed in your reasoning doesn’t mean we all can’t still like your music.”
And, rather appropriately, it was music that B.o.B. turned to next, releasing a track (entitled “Flatline”) that dissed Tyson and the rest of the scientific establishment.
“Hah, am I paranoid?” B.o.B. raps. “Picture Malcolm X/In a room full of pigs, trying not to bust a sweat/Aye, Neil Tyson need to loosen up his vest/They’ll probably write that man one hell of a check.”
Then B.o.B. alludes to a masonic conspiracy, because of course.
“Now the mirror lizard’s breath got the clones scared cuz/Woo, use your, use your common sense,” he continues on the track. “Why is NASA department of defense?/They divided up the seas into thirty-three degrees/Feeding kids masonry, bruh, be careful what you read.”
Indeed, one should be particularly careful about what he or she reads on Twitter—or in inflammatory and unscientific hip-hop lyrics.
Tyson could have let it all go but instead opted to have some fun with B.o.B.
He enlisted the help of nephew Stephen Tyson to write and perform a track of his own, entitled “Flat to Fact.” We can certainly debate its artistic merits, but it’s awfully hard to refute it on scientific grounds.
“All those strange clouds must be messing with your brain,” Tyson raps in apparent reference to B.o.B.’s avowed use of marijuana.
There’s even a knock on B.o.B.’s education (or lack thereof).
“I think it’s very clear that Bobby didn’t read enough / And he’s believing all this conspiracy theory stuff,” Tyson adds on the track.
To be sure, B.o.B. isn’t the only celebrity in denial of the Earth’s shape. Pseudo-celeb Tila Tequila left caps lock on in a tweet from earlier this month, insisting, “I WILL STOP MY #FLATEARTH TALK IF SOMEONE CAN SEND ME A GOD DAMN PHOTO OF THE HORIZON WITH A CURVATURE! OTHERWISE IT IS FLAT!”
Tyson’s efforts are unlikely to change B.o.B.’s thinking. In his view, Tyson is part of a scientific “cult” that has indoctrinated the world.
“I’m going up against the greatest liars in history,” B.o.B. wrote on Twitter. “You’ve been tremendously deceived.”
For the record, a number of nations and private corporations have sent satellites into Earth orbit, and there’s never been any indications that our planet—or any other—is in the least bit flat. Notwithstanding the evidence supplied by science, B.o.B.’s convoluted theory would require an entirely implausible international conspiratorial effort.