NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Friday, December 18, 2015, 12:43 PM
Conspiracy theorists have run wild with wacky hypotheses about some of the most famous celebrities.
If people were to believe everything they read online, then nearly every celebrity would be some variant of a robot from a foreign galaxy, mind-controlled by the Illuminati.
It’s still entertaining to sift through the strangest rumors that have circulated.
Here are eight of the most peculiar celebrity conspiracy theories:
1. Tupac Shakur faked his own death.
Many believe rapper Tupac Shakur faked his own death to avoid incarceration or being murdered by his rivals.
In 1996, the world was shaken when Tupac Shakur was shot after a boxing match in Las Vegas and subsequently died in the hospital a few days later.
But that hasn’t stopped conspiracy theorists from surmising that the “California Love” rapper is alive nearly 20 years later.
The speculation mostly sprung from people spotting the rapper’s doppelgangers in various parts of the world over the years. There have also been seven Tupac albums released posthumously, which only adds to the conjectures.
Three months ago, David Myers, a retired law enforcement officer, claimed that he was paid a whopping $ 1.5 million to help feign the famous rapper’s death.
But a book entitled “The Killing of Tupac Shakur,” written by journalist Cathy Scott, featured a gruesome photo of the rapper’s corpse on the autopsy table — putting doubts to rest.
2. Stevie Wonder is not blind.
Some question the legitimacy of the music legend’s blindness based on a couple of televised performances, that showed him knowing the precise locations of people and objects.
Stevie Wonder is known for his musical prowess, and his blindness from being born prematurely.
But that hasn’t hindered some from questioning his impediment.
In 2004, when Wonder performed alongside singer Jake Simpson on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” he embraced Simpson and knew exactly where he was standing.
Then, in 2010, Wonder caught a microphone stand that Paul McCartney knocked over during a White House performance, surprising many.
However, it’s been well-documented that those who are blind generally have heightened senses to compensate for their blindness.
“Blind people are better than sighted controls at judging the direction of pitch change between sounds, even when the speed of change is ten times faster than that perceived by the controls,” a study in the journal, Nature concluded. “The younger the onset of blindness, the better is the performance.”
3. Marisa Tomei’s Oscar win for “My Cousin Vinny” was a mistake.
Some believe that Marisa Tomei received the Oscar for her performance in “My Cousin Vinny” by mistake when the presenter accidentally read out the wrong name.
In 1993, Tomei stunned the public when the newcomer nabbed the Oscar for her role in the film, “My Cousin Vinny.”
Naturally, rumors began to circulate that it was a sham — the true winner was supposed to be Vanessa Redgrave for “Howard’s End,” but the presenter, Jack Palance, was either drunk or confused and arbitrarily read out the wrong name.
The theory indicated that once the wrong name was announced, the Academy was forced to award the golden statue to Tomei.
This was of course, bogus.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Academy has two members of the accounting firm that tabulates the ballots waiting in the wings during the show’s broadcast. If a presenter reads out the wrong name, one of the officials is instructed to immediately venture to the podium to announce the error.
4. Michael Jackson was chemically castrated by acne cream during puberty.
A French doctor introduced the theory that Michael Jackson was chemically castrated by acne cream when he was 12.
The King of Pop was celebrated for his dulcet vocals — but his voice has also become the subject of some wacky conspiracy theories.
Dr. Alain Branchereau, a vascular surgery professor in France, first speculated that the “Billy Jean” singer used the synthetic anti-male hormone drug, Cyproterone — a substance that essentially blocks puberty — at age 12, inhibiting his voice from maturing.
Branchereau, who likened the pop icon to a castrato in an interview with Agence France Presse, has never communicated with Jackson’s camp nor has his outrageous assumption been confirmed.
5. Paul McCartney died in a car crash and was replaced by a doppelganger.
Conspiracy theorists have drawn from a number of “clues” to support their claim that the Liverpool lad perished in a 1966 car crash and was replaced by a look-alike.
One such piece of “evidence” is that in the song, “Strawberry Fields Forever,” John Lennon mumbles on the recording, “I buried Paul.” McCartney later came out saying Lennon actually said, “Cranberry sauce.”
Conspiracy theorists believe that Paul McCartney was killed in a 1966 car accident and was replaced by a look-alike.
What’s more, in The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper” album, the band references forming a new band with “the one and only Billy Shears” — whom many speculate is the name of McCartney’s replacement.
And perhaps the most bizarre claim, is that when playing the song, “I’m so Tired” backward, Lennon can be heard singing, “Paul is dead, I miss him, I miss him.”
The Beatles reportedly thought these outlandish hypotheses were a stretch — but some just won’t let it be.
6. Beyoncé faked her pregnancy.
Following an interview in Australia, people accused the singer of faking her pregnancy on account of the appearance of her baby bump.
Blame it on a floppy belly photo and high security in the maternity ward.
When Beyoncé was pregnant with Blue Ivy, a photo snapped of the celebrity sitting in an Australian interview displayed a folded belly, rather than a characteristically solid pregnancy gut — sparking rumors that the “Single Ladies” songstress was donning a fake belly while a surrogate carried her child.
The firestorm of accusations was further bolstered after the entire maternity ward at Lenox Hill was put on lockdown when the superstar went into labor and all security cameras and windows were shrouded.
Queen Bey brushed off the gossip, maintaining she did bear and give birth to her daughter.
7. The CIA poisoned Bob Marley.
There is a conspiracy theory that claims that Bob Marley was assassinated by the CIA via a pair of poisoned boots.
Some believe the CIA slaughtered the revolutionary Rastafarian.
Conspiracy theorists hold that in 1976, Marley was gifted with a new pair of boots and when he put them on, a copper wire poked the singer in his foot. Some believe the intelligence agency poisoned the singer by dousing the wire in a cancer-causing substance.
What makes the story all-the-more plausible to some, is that Carl Colby, the son of the executive director of the CIA at the time, was reportedly spotted backstage when the shoes were gifted to the singer.
In reality, the singer died from melanoma, which eventually spread to his brain, liver and lungs.
8. Britney Spears’ 2007 meltdown was a deliberate distraction facilitated by the Bush administration.
George W. Bush garnered a slew of censure during his time in office, but by far the strangest accusation hurled at the former president, was that he orchestrated Britney Spears’ infamous 2007 meltdown, in which the popstar shaved her head, prodded a paparazzi car with an umbrella, was put on a 5150 psychiatric hold and lost custody of her children.
Why? To distract the public from several political scandals that rocked W.’s failed presidency of course.
“Idolator,” a music blog, was the first to introduce this wacky concept, demonstrating how a number of headlines the songstress made for her erratic behavior were impeccably timed with the administration’s political scandals and therefore were staged diversions.