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1. The Illuminati
Let’s just get this one out of the way. The Illuminati, aka the New World Order, aka the Freemasons, aka ‘Nati by Nature, aka the Cherry-Poppin’ Daddies (ok SOME of those are not true) is the most widely known and discussed conspiracy theory there is…which should tip you off right away that they don’t exist. You got to wonder about the competence of a centuries-old secret society whose every move is scrutinized by TUPACz_Not_d3ad@aol.com. The hip-hop community in particular has had an obsession with them since the heydays of ‘Pac and the Wu, and it’s now gotten to the point where respected artists actually have to refute accusations of being a member. Of course, the Illuminati theory itself would be the perfect Illuminati tool: after all, if you put all your energy into looking for imaginary boogeymen that run the world, you’ll miss the ones that do. U-God knows.
Ever since the dawn of time, man has looked up to the sky and wondered, “HEY! Are those jet engine condensation trails actually biological nerve agents sprayed over us by a shadowy world-government for nefarious purposes?” No, say scientists and rational thinkers everywhere, those are just regular jet contrails. Conspiracy theorists refute this by saying chemicals remain visible in this atmosphere for far longer than the regular condensation trails, and they believe the government is spraying its own citizens for, well, this ranges from a laundry list of mind control, to population control, to -and this is just really crazy - weather control.
3. Vaccines cause autism
This one seems to get more and more traction every year. In 1998, a fraudulent research paper purported to show the link between autism spectrum disorders and the MMR vaccine, and the conspiracy theory grew from there, and now we’re seeing the resurgence of things like whooping cough. Of course, it was later revealed that Andrew Wakefield, the author of the original paper, had multiple conflicts of interest and was working at the behest of lawyers eager to discredit the MMR vaccine.
4. 9/11 was an inside job
It’s easy to understand why such a large segment of people find it hard to accept the official version of the events of 9/11 – no one wants to believe a small group of terrorists can wipe out 3000 lives in an instant. But there’s not wanting to believe it, and outright retreating into fantasy. Among the allegations of 9/11 conspiracy theorists: It was a planned demolition, it was an insurance scam, and of course, jet fuel can’t melt steel beams. The real conspiracy here is how that last one went straight from a real talking point to becoming a dank meme.
True believers: Muse’s Matt Bellamy
Yeah, of course the Muse guy believes this one. Basically just the Illuminati but painted green, believers of the reptilian conspiracy theory think that the world is secretly controlled by shape-shifting reptile aliens from a distant star. According to former British Green Party spokesman and conspiracy thought leader David Icke, the aliens are from the Alpha Draconis star system and walk among us in the guise of normal people. Regularly accused of being secret reptilians: Queen Elizabeth, Barack Obama, and Lorde.
Freewheeling creative types like musicians are probably more susceptible than your average person to believing in some
stupid implausible things. For instance, if your mind is operating on the level that you can write a masterpiece like “Today,” you might be prone to believing some in some unlikely events…like that a insidious cabal of elites controls the world, or that anyone would want to hear you play anything besides “Today.” But there’s implausible, and then there’s conspiracy theories. Anyway, time to stop HAARPing on: Here then are 5 of the biggest conspiracy theories, and their musician believers.