Celebrities often exist within a bubble of their own fame and fortune, with critical thinking and traditional values somewhat optional in terms of staying in the media spotlight. Much has been said about the influence of Scientology and Kabbalah in Hollywood, and many conspiracy theorists claim that there is devil worship and Illuminati influence throughout the entertainment industry. But those are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the baffling beliefs of some celebrity figures.
Prince was normally a man of few words, but in a rare and candid interview in 2009, he shocked the world with how open he was. In the interview, he talked about Obama, his thoughts on voting, some problems of his childhood and also some of his beliefs. In the interview, he claimed to be a believer in the chem trails conspiracy theory. The theory of chem trails is that jets and airplanes drop harmful and potentially deadly chemicals through their smoky exhaust that can do real damage to people and the Earth’s environment.
No one can say rapper Kanye West lacks self-esteem or is reluctant to court controversy, but surprisingly, his views on the AIDS epidemic are not widely known. During the 2005 Live 8 concert tour to raise awareness for AIDS, Kanye shocked the crowd by announcing that AIDS was a “man-made disease . . . placed in Africa just like crack was placed in the black community to break up the Black Panthers.”These views were also reflected in the lyrics of his single “Heard ‘Em Say”: Before you ask me to get a job today,
Can I at least get a raise on a minimum wage?
And I know the government administered AIDS,
So I guess we just pray like the minister say,
Allah o Akbar and throw em some hot cars,
Things we see on the screen are not ours. He reinforced those views when receiving the Million Man March Image Award later that year:I brought up in a song about [how] the government administers AIDS. I think the figure I learned at Live 8 was that there was over 6,000 people in Africa dying every day from AIDS. [ . . . ] There’s a people that are strong people, a people that are warriors, in order to get to their resources you’ve got to weaken them. What else has the strongest people you know in more of a fetal position than the AIDS epidemic? [ . . . ] The best medicine goes to people that’s paid. [ . . . ] Magic Johnson got a cure for AIDS and all the broke mothers passed away. So that means a cure for AIDS. So who has a cure? Maybe the same people that administer it that want to get to the diamonds.
Fran Drescher is convinced that she was abducted by aliens. In fact, she explains in an interview on The Huffington Post that she met her then-husband Peter Marc Jacobson because of aliens:You know, it’s funny because Peter (Fran’s ex-husband) and I both saw [aliens] before we knew each other, doing the same thing, driving on the road with our dads. We were both in junior high. A few years later, we met, and we realized that we had the same experience. I think that somehow we were programmed to meet. We both have this scar. It’s the exact same scar on the exact same spot. It was real. [Aliens] were plugged into me. It was a download situation. This was long before computers or any kind of wireless. There weren’t even wireless telephones. Looking back now, it was like, “F—k, they downloaded something into me!” Or they uploaded something from my brain, like an experiment. “See what this guy knows.” [ . . . ] Another thing happened when I was about four that I didn’t put into the book. One time I saw what I considered to be, well, at the time I thought it was a car with no wheels. We lived out in the country and I saw this thing floating across a field, creating this big dust storm. I threw rocks at it and s—t. And I don’t know what happened after that.
Missy Elliott is best remembered as a successful rapper and artist in the late 1990s/early 2000s and won a total a five Grammys, but hasn’t don’t much since. Missy Elliott’s strange belief is that black cats bring bad luck for those who come across one. Now, a ton of people hold this belief around the world, but Missy Elliott takes it to a whole other crazy level. In fact, if a black cat even crosses her path while she is out and about, she will stop right there and immediately go home, even if she is going somewhere important.
September 11th, 2001, was absolutely one of the darkest days in American history, and was a day full of sorrow and sadness that has carried on for years. Unfortunately, there exist a large number of people out there, called “9/11 truthers,” who believe that 9/11 was an inside job and was perpetrated by the U.S. government itself. You might be surprised to find out that a number of popular and high profile celebrities actually hold this belief. Celebrities such as Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Charlie Sheen and Willie Nelson are among those who believe 9/11 was an inside job.
This is probably one of the most famous and most publicized examples of a bizarre belief on this entire list. Tom Cruise, who is one of the biggest and richest movie stars of all time, has been making headlines for years based on his connection to Scientology. Despite apparently distancing himself from it recently, Tom Cruise was a part of the Scientology religion. The religion itself is very vast and can be confusing, but is seen by many as more of a cult than a religion. There is a litany of crazy views that scientologists hold, including that mental health issues don’t exist and that an alien “Xenu” brought billions of people to the earth 75 million years ago.