20 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Had Surprisingly Wacky Views
A lot of celebrities remain tight-lipped over their personal views and opinions, preferring to keep the drama to a minimum. Let’s face it, who can really be bothered with the Twitter fallout that comes with expressing any hint of controversy?
However, there’s a select few celebs who are outlandishly vocal, and make no secret of the fact that they have some decidedly wacky views. In a time of anti-vaxxers galore, is it really any wonder that numerous celebrities are coming out of the woodwork to express their unorthodox beliefs?
From UFO fanatics to HIV deniers, here are our top picks of celebrities with views you definitely weren’t expecting…
20. Foo Fighters bassist Nate Mendel is an HIV denier
Nate Mendel is best known for being the bass player of the rock band the Foo Fighters.
Whilst rock stars generally have a reputation for being rather outlandish, Mendel takes this to the extreme as an outspoken HIV denier.
If, like us, you didn’t even know that was a thing, then let us explain: HIV/AIDS deniers believe that HIV is not related to AIDS. Some within this movement refuse to believe that HIV exists at all, despite this being clearly refuted by science.
Mendel in 2000 went so far as to organise a benefit concert to raise money for an organisation called Alive & Well AIDS Alternatives, at which the Foo Fighters actually performed.
This was two decades ago, however, and in the years since Mendel (and the rest of the Foo Fighters) have tended to avoid talking about this questionable period of their career.
19. Emma Stone believes she’s haunted by her grandfather’s ghost
Oscar-winning La La Land actress Emma Stone seems like a pretty rational, down to earth woman.
You might be surprised to learn, then, that she actually believes in ghosts – the ghost of her dead grandfather, to be more specific.
In a 2014 appearance on The David Letterman Show, Stone revealed how she believed she was being haunted by the ghost of her late grandpa.
According to the actress, the ghost left random quarters around her house, and “there’s a long family history of quarters” (whatever that means).
Stone didn’t go into much detail on the subject, but expressed her belief that “it’s him, it’s absolutely him.”
18. Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson believes men should be able to marry underage girls
Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson made quite the splash when an old video showing him expressing some seriously troubling views resurfaced back in 2014.
In the footage, Robertson urges men to marry women when they are “15 or 16.”
The reality TV star explained that if “you wait ’til they get to be 20 years old, the only picking that’s going to take place is your pocket.” And he didn’t stop there.
Robertson expanded on the qualities a man should look for in a wife, saying: “make sure that she can cook a meal. You need to eat some meals that she cooks, check that out. Make sure she carries her Bible. That’ll save you a lot of trouble down the road.”
Whilst this alone is hugely offensive, Robertson is also a massive homophobe, so it’s clear his moral compass is somewhat wavering.
17. Alicia Silverstone believes in feeding her baby like a bird
Clueless star Alicia Silverstone is an outspoken supporter of animal rights, but it seems she also feels humanity could do with being a bit more animal-like at times.
Silverstone is a big believer in “kiss feeding”, a practice that takes the phrase “eating like a bird” to a whole new level.
A video clip posted to Silverstone’s blog back in 2012 demonstrates this bizarre technique for feeding young children.
As you might have guessed, ‘kiss feeding’ consists of eating a bite of food, chewing it and then dropping it into a baby’s mouth, bird style.
Silverstone’s son, Bear Blu, clearly had no reservations, although we can just imagine his reaction when this video resurfaces in 15 years’ time…
16. Dan Aykroyd is a true UFO enthusiast
As might be apparent from his 1984 classic Ghostbusters, actor and writer Dan Aykroyd is a firm believer in the paranormal – but his interests aren’t limited to ghostly phenomena.
The comedy legend is also a major alien enthusiast, and is currently the “Hollywood consultant” for Mutual UFO Network.
Aykroyd has claimed to have seen UFOs on more than one occasion, including an instance of seeing two flying 20,000 mph over Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts.
Aykroyd described the UFOs he spotted in a previous encounter as “definitely aerial constructs of some kind. One of them with a light, and one of them dull grey.”
Aykroyd believes that aliens choose to target planet Earth due to its art and culture, and is insistent that whilst the US Air Force is extremely interested in these elusive UFOs, they refuse to admit the truth (whatever that might be).
15. Ke$ha believes she had sex with a ghost
We suspect that there are quite a few celebrities who will admit to believing in the existence of ghosts.
However, we can only assume that very few of those would claim to have actually had sex with a ghost.
One of those few is Ke$ha, the US pop star who rose to fame with her 2009 single Tik Tok.
Ke$ha confessed to Ryan Seacrest in a 2012 interview that she went on “regular spiritual journeys” as well as having slept with an actual ghost.
In a 2013 interview with Rolling Stone, Ke$ha expanded on this experience, and claimed that the ghost had actually taken over her body, leaving her unable to have intercourse with real humans for a time.
14. B.O.B is a flat earther
Rapper Bobby Ray Simmons Jr., best known as B.O.B, recently caused a Twitter storm when he got into a rather heated debate with physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who disputed B.O.B’s claims that the Earth is flat.
B.O.B even had photographs “proving” his belief, posting several pictures of the horizon from a “high altitude” and noting that you could not see the curve of the earth.
Tyson was quick to inform the rapper that the Earth’s curve was in fact hidden by the multiple high-rise buildings on the horizon.
B.O.B is clearly not one to give up easily, even going so far as to write a song entitled Flatline, a “diss track” aimed at Tyson.
The song also references other conspiracy theories, including Holocaust denial, “mirror lizards” and the idea that Freemasons are indoctrinating young people.
13. Ariana Grande believes she has seen, been haunted by a demon
Ariana Grande may look rather angelic, but it seems she had a demonic experience she won’t be forgetting for a while.
In a 2013 interview with Complex Magazine, Grande recalled a trip to Stull Cemetery in Kansas – supposedly one of the seven gates to Hell on earth.
Stull Cemetery is so renowned for its demonic properties that the Pope actually refuses to fly over it. According to Grande, during her visit she felt a “sick, overwhelming sense of negativity” and smelled sulphur, apparently a mark of a demon.
Grande even managed to snap a picture of the demonic creature, which she described as “three super distinct faces.” Mysteriously, when Grande tried to send the photo to her manager, it apparently could not be sent, showing merely – she claims – as 666 megabytes.
Grande’s snap may have been one of the only pieces of evidence of demons in existence, but unfortunately she deleted the picture after she began to hear “loud rumbles and whispers” and see “red shapes” when she closed her eyes at night.
12. Charlie Sheen went hunting for the Loch Ness Monster
Charlie Sheen might be known for his outrageous antics, but one of his most bizarre preoccupations is his fascination with the ‘elusive’ Loch Ness Monster.
The notorious actor is so dedicated to the cause that, in 2013, he announced he would be embarking on an expedition to Scotland in search of the mysterious creature.
Sheen was nothing if not prepared, reportedly asking the manager at the hotel he was staying in for “an old-style wooden rowing boat, a traditional Tilley lamp, a boat hook, a thick chain… and a leg of lamb.” Sheen was determined to catch the monster, apparently inspired by the movie Jaws.
After buying a rowing boat for £2500, Sheen spent the evening on the loch with two friends and a bottle of whiskey.
Whilst there was no sign of Nessie, the lamb’s leg did mysteriously disappear. Dedicated Nessie hunters were quick to blame Sheen for scaring away the monster.
11. Kylie Jenner believes in the chemtrail conspiracy
Kylie Jenner is reportedly a big believer in the chemtrail conspiracy, believing that the government has aeroplanes which emit harmful chemicals into the sky.
Jenner doesn’t seem too sure of the reasons behind this, and certainly hasn’t cared to speculate.
Some chemtrail theorists suggest that the chemicals are there to eradicate the human race, or to destroy the honey bees essential to our survival (depending on who you ask).
Back in 2015, Jenner – unafraid to make her beliefs known – took to Twitter to share her thoughts:
— Kylie Jenner (@KylieJenner) May 26, 2015
Unfortunately, the fact that Jenner didn’t bother to check the grammar or spelling of this post may have undermined her argument somewhat.
10. Fran Drescher claims she was abducted by aliens
American comedy star Fran Drescher has won more than her share of fans over the years, most notably for her role in 90s sitcom The Nanny.
However, if the actress herself is to be believed, in her younger years she had some admirers who were quite literally out of this world.
Drescher has stated publicly that both she and her ex-husband Peter Marc Jacobson were abducted by extra-terrestrial beings – in separate incidents.
Drescher says, “Peter and I both saw (aliens) before we knew each other… in all seriousness. We were both in junior high. A few years later, we met, and we realised that we had the same experience. I think that somehow we were programmed to meet.”
Drescher believes she and Jacobson were programmed by implants in their hands, left there by the aliens: “We both have this scar. It’s the exact same scar on the exact same spot.”
9. Marion Cotillard thinks the Moon landing might have been faked
French actress Marion Cotillard shot to international fame after winning the 2008 Best Actress Oscar for Édith Piaf biopic La Vie en Rose.
But while Cotillard has been embraced by the Hollywood establishment, she has admitted to being sceptical of some established historical events.
For one, the actress has voiced her support for one of the most enduring conspiracy theories of them all: that NASA faked the 1969 Moon landing.
Cotillard said in 2007, “Did a man really walk on the Moon? I saw plenty of documentaries on it, and I really wondered. And in any case I don’t believe all they tell me, that’s for sure.”
Fun fact about the Moon landing conspiracy theory: some believe the footage of the event was actually shot by Stanley Kubrick, and that the legendary director later subtly admitted to it in The Shining. Really.
8. Lady Gaga believes celibacy protects her creativity
Ever since her rise to global pop superstardom, Lady Gaga’s image has largely hinged on her own eccentricities.
As such, it was surprising yet at the same time entirely in-character for Gaga to profess in 2010 that she was celibate.
And what made the whole thing even more Gaga were the glamorous singer-songwriter’s reasons for choosing celibacy.
The pop idol stated, “I have this weird thing that if I sleep with someone, they’re going to take my creativity through my vagina.”
In the decade since this statement, Lady Gaga has released five multi-platinum selling albums, starred in hit movie A Star is Born, and won a slew of awards including nine Grammys and an Oscar, so… draw your own conclusions.
7. Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine thinks America’s mass shootings were staged by Obama
Megadeth founder-member Dave Mustaine has for decades been one of the most influential figures in heavy metal music.
However, Mustaine has also long been notorious for his incendiary personality (which, most infamously, saw him kicked out of Metallica, with whom he was originally the lead guitarist).
In 2012, Mustaine’s explosive anger was targeted at one specific individual: America’s then-President, Barack Obama.
As well as being a ‘birther’ (a conspiracy theorist claiming Obama was not born in the US), Mustaine also has some shocking and totally unsubstantiated ideas about Obama’s role in the mass shootings that took place in the US at the time of his presidency.
The rocker declared on stage at a 2012 concert in Singapore, “Back in my country, my president, he’s trying to pass a gun ban, so he’s staging all of these murders.”
6. Kanye West believes AIDS is man-made
Let’s be frank, now; we could probably fill this entire list with nothing but bizarre opinions that Kanye West has voiced over the years.
However, this one particular pronouncement from the musical superstar really takes the biscuit: West believes AIDS was manufactured by the government.
At the momentous Live 8 concert in July 2005, West flabbergasted the global audience by declaring on stage that AIDS is a “man-made disease… (which was) placed in Africa just like crack was placed in the black community to break up the Black Panthers.”
While West is not the first to voice such a theory, the notion has long since been squarely shot down by the scientific community, and the rapper was widely criticised for promoting the idea.
This didn’t deter West from doubling-down on these claims by repeating them in his song Heard ‘Em Say, released later that year: the lyrics state “I know the government administered AIDS, So I guess we just pray like the minister say.”
5. Axl Rose has a fear of the letter M
The frontman of iconic 80s rock band Guns N’ Roses may have an appetite for destruction, but he also has a curious aversion to one specific letter of the alphabet.
Reportedly, famed eccentric and hard rock singer Axl Rose firmly believes that the letter M is somehow cursed.
As a result of this, Rose refuses outright to play concerts in cities whose names begin with M.
Happily, cities that happen to have an M later on in their name are exempt (so Montreal is a no-go, but Birmingham is acceptable).
Exactly how this fear originated is unclear, but it hasn’t stopped Rose from playing umpteen stadiums over the decades.
4. Mark Ruffalo is a 9/11 ‘truther’
Of all the modern conspiracy theories, few have gained quite so many high-profile advocates than the theory that 9/11 was an inside job.
There’s no shortage of celebrities who have voiced support to the notion that the George W. Bush administration was somehow complicit in the attacks, and that the destruction of the World Trade Center’s twin towers was not due to the aeroplanes that struck them.
One of the more recognisable supporters of this idea is Mark Ruffalo, three-time Oscar-nominated actor best known for playing Hulk/Bruce Banner in Marvel’s Avengers movies.
Ruffalo remarked in 2007, “I saw the way they all came down. And I’m baffled. My first reaction was, ‘buildings don’t fall down like that.’ I’ve done quite a bit of my own research.”
Other celebrities to have voiced support for the 9/11 truther movement include Woody Harrelson, Charlie Sheen, Willie Nelson, Rosie O’Donnell and Marion Cotillard (yes, her again).
3. Megan Fox believes she cannot die while listening to Britney Spears
Actress Megan Fox has a somewhat unorthodox relationship with the music of 90s pop icon Britney Spears.
Sure, plenty of us have listened to music that makes us feel indestructible – but it seems Fox believes that Britney’s music literally has that effect on her.
Fox has admitted that she struggles with a fear of flying, and listening to Britney has apparently helped her cope with this to such an extent that she feels protected by the music.
The actress says, “I know for a fact it’s not my destiny to die listening to a Britney Spears album.”
Because of this, Fox says “So I always put that on… when I’m flying because (the plane) won’t crash as long as I’ve got Britney on.”
2. Lana Del Rey has cast spells against Donald Trump
Pop star Lana Del Rey has spoken openly about her belief in the power of magic and witchcraft.
The singer surprised some fans in 2017 by asking them, via Twitter, to collect ‘ingredients’ for some occult purpose.
Del Rey subsequently admitted that this was part of a ritual intended to put a hex on US President Donald Trump.
Asked outright about it, Del Rey confessed to the NME at the time, “Yeah, I did it. Why not? I do a lot of s**t.”
Del Rey went on to detail her belief that “there’s a power to the vibration of a thought. Your thoughts are very powerful things and they become words, and words become actions, and actions lead to physical charges.”
1. Robert De Niro is an anti-vaxxer
Raging Bull Oscar-winner Robert De Niro is one of the most acclaimed actors of all time, so many were taken aback by his support of the anti-vaccination movement.
The controversial movement believes that vaccinating children may lead to them developing autism – despite the fact that the original paper claiming this was quickly exposed as fraudulent, and the doctor behind it, Andrew Wakefield, was struck from the medical register.
Even so, conspiracy theorists (encouraged by Andrew Wakefield himself) continue to promote this disproved idea – and in 2016, De Niro showed his support for the movement by announcing plans to screen Vaxxed, a documentary directed by Wakefield himself, at the Tribeca Film Festival (of which De Niro is one of the founders).
In the face of widespread condemnation, De Niro ultimately withdrew Vaxxed from the festival, but said that he felt the subject warranted further discussion; the actor’s own son is autistic, so he spoke of having personal feelings on the matter.
De Niro has continued to voice concern about vaccines in the years since, joining such high profile anti-vaxxers as Jenny McCarthy, Jim Carrey, Selma Blair and Jessica Biel.