Now, the Illuminati isn't all complete mumbo jumbo. Historically, the Illuminati was a very real Enlightenment-era secret society, modeled on the Freemasons. Nowadays, the term Illuminati, to quote Wikipedia, refers to "a purported conspiratorial organization which acts as a shadowy 'power behind the throne,' allegedly controlling world affairs through present day governments and corporations, usually as a modern incarnation or continuation of the Bavarian Illuminati. In this context, the Illuminati are believed to be the masterminds behind events that will lead to the establishment of a New World Order." The New World Order is the emergence of a bureaucratic collectivist one-world government. Some of the events the Illuminati is rumored to be responsible for? The assassination of JFK; 9/11; the deaths of Michael Jackson (he was supposedly an enemy of the Illuminati, Notorious BIG, and Tupac Shakur (the latter had an album called The Don Killuminati, hellooooo); and Osama bin Laden's death, once he was no longer of use to their pursuit of the New World Order. The "darker side" of the Illuminati includes, potentially, worshipping Satan and other symbols of the occult. ZOMG, they keep busy! "But Amelia!" you might be thinking. "What does this have to do with Hova and Sasha Fierce and RiRi and adorable little Taylor?" Well, if you believe the conspiracy theorists who are terrified that the Illuminati is trying to bring about a New World Order, then these celebs are among the famous folks who are being used as tools to brainwash the masses through their music/art/etc. In exchange, their ongoing success is guaranteed. How do conspiracy theorists come to believe certain celebs are involved or being used by the Illuminati? There are signs! So. Many. Signs. So, may I present to you, six celebs who are believed by conspiracy theorists to be members or tools of the Illuminati and the evidence they believe supports that claim. The most prolific of these conspiracy theorists runs a rather thorough website called The Vigilant Citizen and as he has put the most effort into summarizing what he and his like-minded conspiracy theorists believe, I use him the most as a source. Please note: I'm not saying I believe any of this. I do think it's fascinating and entertaining that there are actually people -- and not just that crazy guy who mutters to himself in the Times Square subway station -- who believe this stuff and have taken the time to present their findings in such a detailed way. I suppose I could take the time to poke holes in their findings, but, well, I don't think that's really necessary.