Conspiracy theories have been circulating since before the 19th century. Honestly, knowing humans, probably even longer. Some of these conspiracies really make for some controversial legacies (flat Earth, anyone?). Combining this with our fascination with celebrities’ lives and their downfall , we’ve concocted some weird theories. Throw the dark world of music in there, and you might as well have made Snow White’s poison apple. From Illuminati associations to animal body parts, here are the weird conspiracies in music.
Professionally known as Stevie Wonder, Stevland Hardaway Morris is one of music’s most successful songwriters and musicians. He is considered a soul, jazz, funk, rock, and pop legend. He’s also blind. But not everyone believes this legend is vision-impaired. In 2014, a video circulated that looks like Stevie Wonder caught a microphone that Paul McCartney accidentally knocked over on stage. Conspiracists are asking, how can a blind man do that?
Conspiracists also point out that he includes imagery in the songs he writes and enjoys front-row seats at basketball games. Besides the problematic and ableist support to this theory—not everyone who is legally blind is completely without vision—in Stevie’s case, it’s not true.
Born six weeks premature, Stevie Wonder became blind shortly after his birth from the oxygen used in the hospital incubator to stabilize him. Still, the fact that he enjoys joking about his vision-impaired status, like when he said he’d flown a plane before, doesn’t always help calm the conspiracists.