Someone page Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Rapper — and flat-earth believer — B.o.B live-tweeted during Monday’s Great American Eclipse and revealed his theory that, “The moon generates its own light.”
The “Airplanes” rapper, born Bobby Ray Simmons Jr., had a few theories and questions about how the moon was blocking the sun during the eclipse.
He responded to a tweet directed at him by user @Bo_Monster that read, “You realize that the only reason you see the moon in the first place is because the sun casts light on it right? All light is behind it now.”
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B.o.B. shot back: “According to a textbook, yes, but the moon actually generates its own light.”
When another user questioned if there were “light bulbs” in the moon to support this theory, B.o.B. responded, “a spherical object doesn’t reflect/refract light evenly across its surface,” theorizing, perhaps, that the moon shouldn’t reflect (which is different from refraction) light evenly the way that it does.
Before the eclipse reached totality, the rapper wondered multiple times where the moon was and why he couldn’t see it in the sky. “It’s so amazingly beautiful how the moon isn’t visible before and after a total solar eclipse,” he said, apparently not understanding that the moon just happened to be in a New Moon phase and therefore not visible in the sky.
B.o.B. even cites the Hindu myth that god Rahu swallows the sun during eclipses.
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Anyone who tried to debate the pseudo-scientist was met with “spoken like a true textbook.”
The rapper is not best known for his hit songs “Airplanes” or “Nothin’ on You,” but rather his infamous Twitter debate with physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who attempted to deflate B.o.B.’s flat-Earth theory last year.
The war of words escalated into a full-scale rap battle, with B.o.B releasing a song called “Flatline,” and Tyson countering with a song called, “Flat to Fact,” co-written with his nephew, Stephen Tyson.
B.o.B. is in the company of NBA player Kyrie Irving and former reality show star Tila Tequila, who believe the Earth is flat.
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