What started as a series of tweets from rapper B.o.B. in early 2016- where he claimed that the earth was flat- has now evolved into a GoFundMe campaign by him to send a satellite to prove his statement. The rapper hopes that if he raises enough money, he may be able to prove (or disprove) his theory regarding the shape of planet Earth. This is not the first time B.o.B. has come out with controversial claims, but it is the first time he’s gone out of his way to prove his assertions.
The cities in the background are approx. 16miles apart… where is the curve ? please explain this pic.twitter.com/YCJVBdOWX7
— B.o.B (@bobatl) January 25, 2016
Soon after B.o.B’s tweets went viral, Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson tweeted at him, challenging his stance, “Flat Earth is a problem only when people in charge think that way. No law stops you from regressively basking in it…Duude — to be clear: Being five centuries regressed in your reasoning doesn’t mean we all can’t still like your music.”
The tweets did not go unnoticed by B.o.B. who released a track titled “Flatline” supporting his flat earth theory while dissing Tyson, “Neil Tyson need to loosen up his vest/ They’ll probably write that man one hell of a check.” In the track, he also sampled one of Tyson’s talks.
After this track, Tyson went on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore to explain to B.o.B. and others why the Earth isn’t flat. He ended by dropping his mic to prove gravity. And until now, this appeared to end the debate.
However, it seems as though B.o.B. has not given up on his theory, as he recently started a GoFundMe aptly named “Show BoB the Curve,” which by Monday night had raised just over $2000 of his one-million-dollar goal in 5 days. The original goal posted for this campaign had been $200,000.
In an 18-second video posted on his page from what looks to be his home, the rapper- whose full name is Bobby Ray Simmons- reiterated reiterated his purpose for the fundraiser, “What’s up y’all, it’s flat-earth B.o.B here. I’m starting this GoFundMe because I would like to send one, if not multiple satellites as far into space as I can or into orbit as I can to find the curve. I’m really- I’m looking for the curve.”
Comments in the campaign ranged from words of encouragement such as, “I know the earth is round, but am willing to donate for educational purposes” to the even more absurd “Let’s prove once and for all that the government has been lying to us. It’s time for the era of manufactured artificial intelligence to end and enlightenment to begin. Fight the power!”
The rapper is not the only high profile Flat Earther however, as other like Tila Tequila and NBA star Kyrie Irving also seem to believe this theory.
Apart from B.o.B.’S own contribution, one of the largest contributions comes from the Museum of Conspiracy for $100.