Inside The Hollywood Cult That Believes The Earth Is Flat

Shaquille O’Neal is one of the stars to champion the conspiracy theory.

Flat Earth
Flat Earth An artist's interpretation.

Hollywood is home to some of the biggest celebrities in the world… and some of the biggest celebrity cults.

Not least Scientology – arguably one of the world’s biggest cults – which is very popular among A-listers. However, a new trend is emerging in celebrity circles which really defies logic.

Bizarrely, a growing number of celebrities are coming out in support of an old conspiracy theory, which states that the Earth is completely flat.

Basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal caused quite the stir recently, after he came out in support of the idea.

That’s right – he’s convinced that he’ll literally drop of the edge of the world if he travels goes too far.

It might come as a bolt out of the blue for the scientific community. However, we’ve been through this all before…

The theory was hugely popular in ancient times, but most of the world has moved on since then. In fact, the idea of a spherical earth was first introduced by the Ancient Greeks in the sixth century, which means some of the biggest, most highly paid celebs in the world are 1,400 years behind the times.

The theory was finally put to bed when satellite technology brought us complex mapping of the spherical earth after the second world war. So, how does Shaq explain this?

Speaking on The Big Podcast with Shaq recently, the celebrated athlete said satellite images could be “drawn and made up.”

Going further, Shaq said: “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, and all that stuff about gravity.”

He’s not the only one to subscribe to the theory either. Controversial Celebrity Big Brother star Tila Tequila – the one who was kicked out for praising Hitler – is also a firm believer that the earth is flat.

Rapper B.o.B shares the same opinion too, saying last year: “No matter how high in elevation you are…the horizon is always eye level…sorry cadets…I didn’t wanna believe it either.’

The theory suggests that gravity does not exist, and the flat earth is accelerating quickly upwards due to ‘dark matter’ – convinced?

Some of the more extreme believers even reckon that people who have travelled the world have just been going in a circle around the North Pole, and Australia doesn’t actually exist.

Tila Tequila

Now, this surely can’t be true. After all, we know people who’ve been travelling there, and unless they mocked up those pictures of Ayers Rock and made up those boring stories about the outback it must exist, right?

Whatever you think of the theory, a growing number of celebs are jumping on the bandwagon.

Shaquille O’Neal, Tila Tequila and B.o.B are leading the way for a new generation of Flat Earth believers, and who knows who will join them in the coming weeks…

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Loaded staff writer Harry Fletcher has covered news, sport and entertainment for several major websites across the UK. Follow him on Twitter at @Harry__Fletcher.