Sooooooooooo this whole “flat-Earther” thing is A Thing again. As in, there are Actual People who believe that the Actual Earth is Actually Flat. Including Shaquille O’Neal.
During a discussion on his podcast with co-host John Kincade, O’Neal talked a bit about the Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving revealing his flat-Earther status.
“All these things that they keep giving to us, all this information, I’m just saying that these things that used to put me in fear, it makes you not want to question it naturally, because of how much information you actually can figure out and how much information there actually is out there,” Irving said. “It’s crazy. Anything that you have a particular question on, ‘Okay, is the Earth flat or round?’ I think you need to do research on it. It’s right in front of our faces. I’m telling you it’s right in front of our faces. They lie to us.”
Look. I don’t trust the government to tell me a lot of things either, but COME ON. Do not argue with me about the freaking curvature of the Earth. This is common knowledge. COMMON SENSE.
But O’Neal thinks Irving is on to something. He thinks the Earth is flat, and he knows that because he’s driven from coast to coast and like, he didn’t feel a curvature. So obviously, the government is lying to us about this.
“It’s true,” O’Neal said. “The Earth is flat. The Earth is flat. Yeah, it is. Yes, it is. Listen, there are three ways to manipulate the mind: what you read, what you see and what you hear. In school, first thing they teach us is, ‘Oh, Columbus discovered America,’ but when he got there, there were some fair-skinned people with the long hair smoking on the peace pipes. So, what does that tell you? Columbus didn’t discover America. So, listen, I drive from coast to coast, and this is flat to me. I’m just saying. I drive from Florida to California all the time, and it’s flat to me.”
Like, he didn’t “go up and down at a 360 degree angle,” so don’t even. WHAT MORE PROOF DO YOU NEED?
“I do not go up and down at a 360 degree angle, and all that stuff about gravity, have you looked outside Atlanta lately and seen all these buildings?” O’Neal continued. “So you mean to tell me that China is under us? China is under us? It’s not. The world is flat. The world is flat.”
If it sounds like O’Neal questioned the existence of gravity, it’s because he questioned the existence of gravity.
Now, The Washington Post notes that he may be joking, but they don’t really have any proof. They’re all, “Well he has degrees, so he’s obviously smart!”
Now, there’s a chance that O’Neal was joking. He’s a learned big man, after all, having earned his bachelor’s in business from LSU in 2000 after leaving school without his degree to turn pro in 1992. In 2005, O’Neal completed online classes for a master’s in business administration from the University of Phoenix, and in 2012 received his doctoral degree in education from Barry University in Miami. For the sake of anyone O’Neal might one day be responsible for educating in his post-playing days, let’s hope his comments were made in jest.
Some of the dumbest people I’ve ever met have college degrees, and some of the smartest people I’ve ever met have none. Needless to say, I take issue with the Washington Post’s reasoning.
The worst part of this? Individuals who question man-made climate change are lambasted more than flat-Earthers. Let that sink in.