8 Strange Truther Movements


Anti-vaxxers blame vaccinations for a broad range of health problems in children. The movement, mostly led by people with no medical or scientific qualifications (mommy bloggers or questionable doctors whose theories have largely been debunked), is based on alleged short- and long-term side effects of vaccinations — effects of which are often trivial when compared to the severity of what were once common illnesses.

As a result of this movement, more parents choose to forego or delay vaccines for their kids and every so often, diseases once declared eradicated — such as measles and whooping cough — crop up around the country.

29/11 Truthers

9/11 truthers reject the official account of al-Qaeda waging co-ordinated assaults on the US in 2001 in which 2,996 people were killed in New York City, the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Despite several publications and investigative reports debunking conspiracists theories, polls still show a sizeable population of the U.S. disputes the official account. One group. Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, continues to contend that a "controlled demolition" involving "explosives and/or other devices" brought down the Twin Towers and WTC 7, while online videos claim holograms were used to project airplanes into the sky. 15 years after the event, 9/11 Truth chapters around the country still meet for potlucks and seminars, and the movement remains as strong as ever.

3Sandy Hook Truthers

Sandy Hook truthers believe the government staged the shooting of 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newton, Connecticut in 2012.

Less than a month after the tragic event took place, a video called "The Sandy Hook Shooting — Fully Exposed" received 10 million views on Youtube. Hoaxers were driven, in part, by a panic over firearms restrictions, which The National Rifle Association (NRA) laid the groundwork for. In February 2012, Wayne Lapierre, the group's spokesman and executive vice president, said President Obama's hidden agenda was to "Get re-elected and, with no more elections to worry about erase the Second Amendment from the Bill of Rights and excise it from the U.S. Constitution."

Leading Sandy Hook conspirators proposed a set of questions that proved the event was staged or carried out by "crisis actors," whom the government pays to pose as victims during emergency preparedness drills. Supplied with this and other "facts" found online, hoaxers insisted the event has to be fiction. The whole point, after all, is that the government can never be trusted.


Barack Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, a US state, on August 4, 1961. When he was elected, he was 47-years-old and had lived on the mainland since 1971. According to the Constitution, a US president must be a natural-born citizen, 35-years-old or older, who has lived in the country for 14 years. Barack Obama was eligible for the presidency —  unless, that is, you're a birther!

Birthers believe that Obama was not born in the US, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. They've even claimed that he's not eligible because he was born a dual citizen (of the US and either Kenya or Britain, depending on who you talk to).

Other theories as to Obama's birth:
• Obama was born in Kenya. (He wasn't.)
• Obama is a citizen of Indonesia, where his sister was born. (He's not)
• Obama's real middle name is "Muhammed."(It's Hussein, and so what?)
• Obama's birth certificate is a forgery. (Nope.)

The birther movement has taken a bit of hit in 2016. One of its leading proponents, Donald Trump, has finally admitted that "President Barack Obama was born in the United States," reversing his take on the issue that propelled him into national politics five years ago. The issue isn't likely to die down anytime soon, however. Trump continues to blame Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for starting the "birtherism" controversy. (She didn't.)

5Stanley Kubrick Moon Landing Truthers

The Internet would have you believe that filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, the legendary director of classic films including 2001: A Space Odyssey and Full Metal Jacket, aided the US government in its faking of the moon landing in 1969. After Kubrick had died in 1999, the Apollo 11 theory gained traction with the documentary Room 237 which suggests that the filmmaker hid allusions to his involvement in the deception within The Shining. His daughter, Vivian Kubrick, has denounced the accusations in an open letter on Twitter:

There are many, very real conspiracies that have happened throughout our history, are happening presently, I'm only too aware of the dreadful manipulations perpetrated by governments, secret services, banksters, the military-industrial-complex etc.. But, claims that the moon landings were faked and filmed by my father? I just can't understand it!!? How can anyone believe that one of the greatest defenders of mankind would commit such an act of betrayal?

6Flat Earthers

Esteemed scientist Neil Degrasse Tyson is up to his eyeballs in people that don't believe the Earth is round and has taken to Twitter and even in rap battles to prove his point. (See Oddee's 8 People Who Believe The Earth is Flat.) https://www.oddee.com/item_99731.aspx

Flat Earthers have a broad range of convictions. Some come to the movement from a religious place, others from a scientific one, but most believe that NASA and everyone involved in space exploration is a liar and that there is a massive conspiracy to hide the fact that the Earth is flat.

Something most flat Earthers have in common? They found the movement through the Internet (though some had already come to the conclusion on their own).

7Pulse Nightclub Truthers

Even before all the details were released about the shooting at Orlando, Florida's Pulse nightclub in June 2016, there were those claiming the attack was a conspiracy, either ordered by the government or wholly fabricated. Not unlike the Sandy Hook truthers, the Pulse conspiracy theorists claim the attack was a “false flag operation" conducted by the CIA or some other government group to control the acquisition of guns. A search of “False Flag Orlando” on YouTube turns up 120,000 hits, some with tens of thousands of views.

8Illuminati Truthers

The Illuminati is believed to be a group of wealthy and powerful people who control American society, culture and everything in between including government, religion, entertainment, and politics.

The group started with a kernel of truth and was an actual thing in 1776 Bavaria. It was a secret society of men who joined the Freemasons and was a club for people of power and influence. Since then, the Illuminati has been linked to rap and hip-hop culture. The secret society was heavy into symbols, like the pyramid with an eye, which can be found on US paper currency.

Rapper Jay-Z is believed to be one of the leaders of the Illuminati with his wife Beyoncé, daughter Blue Ivy (whose name is allegedly an acronym for "Born Living Under Evil, Illuminati's Very Youngest") and many other popular artists such as Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and Kanye West.

Beyoncé somewhat addresses the conspiracy theorists in her video "Formation" below. For the record, she refers to them as haters.