Celebrities are sometimes not the sharpest tools in the shed. Of course, some celebrities are extremely educated and well informed, but others tend to exist within a bubble of their own fame and fortune, with very limited outside knowledge or time to research, which can lead them to hold some pretty crazy views. These views can range from the supernatural, to conspiracy theories, to just plain stupid beliefs that have been discredited by science for years.
Whatever the belief and whoever the celebrity, we are about to dive in to the world of crazy views to present 10 of the most bizzare beliefs held by celebrities.
10. Prince and Chem Trails
Prince is 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.
9. Fran Drescher and Alien Abduction
Best known for her work on The Nanny in the ’90s, Drescher is a former Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actress. However, in recent years, she has made headlines for her crazy experiences and beliefs. One particular belief she has is that aliens exist, and not only that, she believes that she has been abducted by them as well. It was in 2012 that Drescher claimed she was abducted by aliens several years ago and had a chip implanted in her hand by the aliens. Despite other people questioning her, she remains adamant that she was, in fact, abducted.
8. Foo Fighters and HIV/AIDS Denialism
The Foo Fighters will, without a doubt, go down as one of the best rock and roll bands and performers of all time, but their beliefs and views off the stage are somewhat skewed and unexpected. Of course, what I am talking about is the Foo Fighters and their HIV/AIDS denialism. HIV/AIDS denialism is essentially the view that HIV does not cause AIDS. Denialists either believe that HIV itself doesn’t exist, or that it is a harmless passenger disease that comes with AIDS, but doesn’t cause it. The Foo Fighters made headlines in 2000 when they organized and were part of a benefit concert for Alive & Well AIDS Alternatives and expressed their support for denialists. They have since distanced themselves from this, but that could just be due to the public outcry.
7. Missy Elliott and Black Cats
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.
6. Axl Rose and the Letter “M”
This is one of the strangest and most unorthodox beliefs/supersitions that appears on this list. Axl Rose, who is the lead vocalist of the legendary hard rock band Guns n’ Roses, absolutey hates the letter “M.” We are not sure exactly why he hates the letter “M,” but he simply believes that it brings bad luck. In fact, his hate and fear of the letter is so strong that he actually does his best to avoid cities or towns that begin with the letter, but cities that simply contain the letter “M” are fine apparently.
5. Kanye West and AIDS
Kanye West is one of the most talented artists and performers in recent memory, but his special talent is sometimes overshadowed by his cockiness or willingness to be deep in controversy or in the headlines for doing something wild. But perhaps his most controversial view/belief is one that not many people know about. During a 2005 concert, West made the shocking announcement that he believes that AIDS is a man-made disease that was placed in Africa, just like crack was placed in the black community to break up the Black Panthers.
4. Various Celebrities and That 9/11 Was an Inside Job
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.
3. Rick Santorum and Everything
Rick Santorum is an American attorney and former senator in Pennsylvania, who is probably best known for his running as a 2012 candidate for the Republican Party presidental nomination. Santorum is known for being extremely right wing and very Catholic and traditional in his views. He has some of the most insane and bizarre beliefs we have seen out of a presidential candidate. Some of his views are: that women should not be put in combat because “emotions are involved,” all forms of pornography are bad and should be banned, the country will fall as a result of same-sex marriage, consensual sex between gay people should be illegal, and is against all forms of artificial birth control.
2. Tom Cruise and Scientology
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.
1. Jenny McCarthy and Vaccines/Autism
And coming in as the number one choice for the most bizzare belief held by a celebrity is Jenny McCarthy and her views on the link between vaccines and autism. McCarthy is best known for appearing in Playboy, and then eventually parlaying her Playboy success into a successful TV and film career. McCarthy’s son was diagnosed with autism, leading her to state that she believes vaccines cause the condition, which goes against the scientific consensus. There is also the view that her son has been misdiagnosed and doesn’t really have autism. She has been seen as one of the leaders in activism surrounding alternative medicine treatments for autism, which is strange, seeing as she doesn’t have any true knowledge or legitimate expertise in the area. We, for one, think you should believe the science on autism and vaccines and not a former Playmate of the year