Over the past eight years, the “9/11 truth” movement has gained a lot of followers. They’re the folks who say that 9/11 doesn’t compute and suspect that serious foul play, possibly on the part of our government, went down. I encountered a truther on the subway today who kept saying, “Wake up, America. 9/11 was a set-up.” But, still, I was a bit surprised to hear that Charlie Sheen is a card-carrying truther, too. He recently wrote a piece for PrisonPlanet.com that’s in the form of a conversation with Barack Obama. Here’s what he had to say:
“[There's a] bottomless warren of unanswered questions surrounding that day and its aftermath…9/11 has been the pretext for the systematic dismantling of our Constitution and Bill of Rights…I implore you based on the evidence you now possess, to use your Executive Power. Prove to us all, Sir, that you do, in fact, care. Create a truly comprehensive and open Congressional investigation of 9/11 and its aftermath.” [Popeater]
But Charlie isn’t the only celebrity conspiracy theorist on the block. Here’s a look at four more. I’ll withhold judgment and let you decide whether you think they’re on to something or totally off their rockers.
- Marion Cotillard, of “La Vie en Rose” and “Public Enemies,” believes that the 1969 moonwalk was staged. “Did a man really walk on the moon? I saw plenty of documentaries on it, and I really wondered,” she said. “And in any case I don’t believe all they tell me, that’s for sure.” [LA Times]
- On a 2007 episode of “Real Time” with Bill Maher, Mos Def famously called Osama bin Laden a “boogeyman.” “Highly educated people in all areas of science have spoken on the fishiness around that whole 9/11 theory,” he said. “It’s like the magic bullet and all that.” [Jones Report]
- In 2008, Alicia Keys told Blender that she though Tupac and Biggie Smalls were assassinated. She said that the whole East Coast/West Coast beef was played up “by the government and the media to stop another great black leader from existing.” [E! Online]
- Spike Lee has said he thinks the flooding of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina may not have been a accident. “I wouldn’t put anything past the U.S. government when it comes to people of color,” he said. “There is too much history.” [LA Times]