Rapper Bobby Ray Simmons, better known as B.o.B, made headlines last year when he took to Twitter to spread his belief that the Earth is flat and said he had pictures to prove it.
Now, the 28-year-old rapper is taking matters into his own hands. On September 22, B.o.B announced the launch of a campaign to fund the purchase of “multiple satellites” which would be sent into space to prove his theory.
The campaign, called “Show BoB The Curve” was launched September 22 and raised just over $200 of his eventual $200,000 goal in three days.
“I would like to send one, if not multiple satellites, as far into space, or orbit as I can to find the curve,” B.o.B, who refers to himself in the video as Flat Earth Bob. said.
Watch B.o.B’s campaign announcement video below:
The campaign comes after B.o.B made his beliefs of a flat Earth well known. In July 2016, he was officially welcomed into “The Flat Earth Society,” a group of people who share the belief that the Earth is indeed flat.
In January 2016, B.o.B took some by surprise when he tweeted a string of photos taken at a high altitude as “evidence” saying he can’t find the “curve” in Earth.
The belief spurred astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson to chime in with scientific evidence that the Earth is indeed a sphere and started a feud between the two.
Despite the arguments debunking his theory, B.o.B accused NASA of avoiding questions and released a song dissing Tyson called “Flatline.” In the song, B.o.B talks about his Flat Earth belief, referencing conspiracy theories formed by David Irving, a known holocaust denier. The lyrics gained the attention of the Anti-Defamation League and Tyson’s nephew, Stephen, followed it up with his own diss track against B.o.B titled “Flat to Fact.
While the $200,000 goal seems like a steep price to pay for the research, it doesn’t seem like it would be enough to fully fund the satellite launches.
According to The Motley Fool, a “lower-end” satellite mission costs about $164 million.
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