Some celebrities have said, whether joking or not, that they do not agree with some scientific facts that we were taught since school
LatinAmerican Post | Juan Gabriel Bocanegra
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Fame immediately makes you a public person with followers in your country or in the world, especially if you are in the Hollywood circle. Any comments you make on networks, can be replicated thousands of times and even become a trend because they came from someone famous.
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This has not stopped some celebrities who have used their networks or public comments to show their opinion on controversial issues. Of course, in fields such as politics or religion we know that it is a personal matter; if you are in favor of Trump - Mike Tyson, Gene Simmons or Clint Eastwood are on that list - or if you believe in Scientology like Tom Cruise or John Travolta, in the end, it is your own opinion.
However, there are facts that do not depend on your perspective, but are based on scientific theories that are very solid and studied. These are topics that are taught in school, precisely in an attempt to avoid spreading misconceptions about, for example, gravity or the solar system.
It seems like some celebrities forgot those lessons or have been watching many conspiracy theories since they have come out saying in social networks or in public comments things like "the earth is flat" or "vaccines shouldn't exist".
Here we present you four celebrities with opinions, sometimes joking and sometimes seriously, that challenge science.
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1. Millie Bobby Brown
At the end of 2018, the star of Stranger Things, while on an Instagram Live, received a question about whether she believed that the earth was flat. To this, she replied that she had been watching a video of Shane Dawson and that "there are so many reasons that lead to the fact that it’s flat, I mean think about it".
To this, she added: "I think I’m a, what do they call it, a flat earther" Then she started singing 'In My Feelings' by Drake out of the blue and everyone was confused.
The onslaught of comments mocking or criticizing her did not wait, but still, the actress never talked about the statement.
2. Jim Carrey
California Gov says yes to poisoning more children with mercury and aluminum in manditory vaccines. This corporate fascist must be stopped.— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) July 1, 2015
I am not anti-vaccine. I am anti-thimerosal, anti-mercury. They have taken some of the mercury laden thimerosal out of vaccines. NOT ALL!— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) July 1, 2015
I repeat! I AM PRO-VACCINE/ANTI-NEUROTOXIN, as is Robert Kennedy Jr. Please read the following article and book http://t.co/GTr9lReaXO— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) July 1, 2015
The famous comedian is known for calling attention in public, either with jokes or with comic imitations. He is also known lately for his extravagance and public acceptance that he suffers from depression.
In 2015, a series of comments on Twitter became a national discussion. In them, he criticizes the governor of California for making compulsory the vaccination of children in school. According to Carrey, with this measure, the governor "says yes to poisoning more children with mercury and aluminum in mandatory vaccines. This corporate fascist must be stopped."
In later trilings, he clarifies his position by saying that he is not against vaccines, but against mercury. However, the damage was done.
This caused a series of reactions of indignation, so much so that the editor of Time, Jeffrey Kluger, made an article rebutting each argument of Carrey. "The anti-vax crowd has never been about a reasoned argument or a cool-headed look at clinical science. They’ve been all about rage, all about echo-chamber misinformation".
3. Kyrie Irving
In February 2017, the Brooklyn Nets basketball player shone in the media for a series of comments on the Road Trippin podcast of the NBA, to which he was invited but is no longer available. In it, according to the extracts that the Sports Illustrated portal rescued, he said "This is not even a theory of conspiracy (...) The earth is flat".
To this, he added later in a recording collected by ESPN: "When I started actually doing research on my own and figured out there is no real picture of the earth, not one picture of the earth". As you can imagine, criticism did not wait, even articles that consulted experts came out to refute the arguments that the player exposed.
Although months later the player said that everything was a joke and he even apologized for speaking about the theory, so far he has never said the only phrase that would redeem him: the earth is not flat.
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4. Shaquille O'Neal
Apparently, the belief that the earth is flat is fashionable in the world of basketball, since weeks after Irving published his vision, O'Neal did the same.
In his podcast 'The big podcast with Shaq,' the former NBA player was asked what he thought of Irving's comment. To this, he replied, "It's true. The Earth is flat. The Earth is flat. Yes, it is," according to the Bussiness Insider transcript.
Then he started with his explanation. "So, listen, I drive from coast to coast, and this s--- is flat to me. I'm just saying. 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".
Later O'Neal said that he was just joking, that they should know that most of what he says is a joke. As he stated for the podcast The Art of Charm, "The first part of the theory is that, I'm joking, you idiots." Later he confirms for the tranquility of all: "No, I don't think that. It was a joke, OK? So know that when Shaquille O'Neal says something, 80 percent of the time I'm being humorous, and it is a joke".