Along with the election of President Trump, the revival of Nazism all over the world, and other signs of the apocalypse, the belief that Earth is flat has earned new, insane popularity over the past year or so. And many of its adherents are famous people.
B.o.B. is an American rapper who, if you’ve never heard his music before, that’s probably fine. He’s a Grammy nominee and a Teen Choice Award winner. He’s also in the vanguard of celebrity flat-Earthers.
B.o.B., who has no scientific background, has been posting “proof” of our planet’s flatness since as early as January 2016. That’s when he tweeted, with an Insane Clown Posse-level of scientific understanding, “No matter how high in elevation you are... the horizon is always eye level ... sorry cadets... I didn't wanna believe it either.”
The rapper even tweeted photographic “evidence” to support his claims. Citing zero scientific information, B.o.B. captioned one picture, “The cities in the background are approx. 16miles apart... where is the curve ? please explain this.” As if someone with the junior-high education necessary to explain this explaining it would satisfy him.
Unnecessarily, but predictably, someone with much more than a junior-high education jumped in to break it down for B.o.B. Insufferable pop physicist and incessant take-it-upon-himself-to-explainer Neil deGrasse Tyson took it upon himself to explain. “Earth's curve indeed blocks 150 (not 170) ft of Manhattan. But most buildings in midtown are waaay taller than that,” Tyson tweeted to B.o.B.
Tyson also tweeted, “Polaris is gone by 1.5 deg S. Latitude. You’ve never been south of Earth’s Equator, or if so, you've never looked up.” None of these snarky arguments changed B.o.B.’s mind, but he also doesn’t have any actual knowledge to rebut them. So he just challenged Tyson to a rap battle.
Tyson didn’t bite at the chance to battle B.o.B. But B.o.B. came for Tyson anyway, dropping a Neil deGrasse Tyson diss track called “Flatline.” If nothing else, the record is remarkable for being one of the few raps to have something to say about heliocentrism.
“Flatline” also contains anti-Semitic lyrics. Oh, by the way, flat-Earther B.o.B. is also an avowed anti-Semite, a 9/11 truther, thinks the moon landing was faked, and believes the U.S. government is cloning celebrities. Those are just some of the fun things you can read about in B.o.B.’s Twitter feed.
But now, finally, after all these months of unhinged tweets and raps, B.o.B. has set his sights on proving the flatness of the Earth once and for all. But he can’t do it alone. That’s why he needs your money.
The rapper has launched a new GoFundMe campaign to raise the money he needs to show the world that hundreds of years of highly educated scientists conspired (for some reason) to convince everyone alive that Earth is round when it’s really flat. His campaign is called “Show BoB The Curve,” and launched with a goal of $200,000.
So how will all that money prove the flatness of the Earth? That’s simple. According to the campaign’s GoFundMe page, the funds will pay to “launch multiple weather balloons and satellites into space, for experimental exploration.” The brave rapper donated a whopping $1,000 of his own money to get the campaign started.
Within days of the campaign’s launch, B.o.B. raised its goal from $200,000 to $1 million. This is a good time to point out that the GoFundMe crowdsourcing business model doesn’t require its campaigns to reach their goals for the fundee to collect what was pledged. That means B.o.B. will keep whatever money is raised even if it’s less than $1 million, and he can spend it on whatever he likes.
13. One Million Dollar Goal
But B.o.B. swears he needs all that money for science. In the YouTube video here, he explains the expansion of his awesome idea. He says, “Instead of just sending one satellite or several satellites into space, I will be raising funds to try every available experiment or test, including, but not limited to, weather balloons, drones, blimps even, high-altitude balloons, and whatever else or any type of suggestion that anybody has.” See? Science!
B.o.B. added, “I'll be documenting this whole process, and I'll keep everybody updated on this roll to a million, and how the funds will be used to research and come to a conclusion.” You’d think for, like, $20, he could buy and read a book.
In the first nine days of his GoFundMe campaign, and at the time of this writing, B.o.B. managed to raise nearly $4,000 of his $1 million goal. That’s not including the $1,000 he himself contributed. We can’t wait for the next update about his ongoing research.