In an interview with CNN yesterday, La Toya Jackson stated rather bluntly that she believed her brother was murdered. "I would never, ever think differently," she said. "Michael told me that they were going to murder him." It's not that outrageous of a claim, but it's also one of those things we'll likely never really know the truth behind. Just the same, it got us thinking about some other music conspiracies and myths over the years.
This one's a bit hard to pin down a resource for, but there are those who think the song was banned because Ernest Tubb accidently opened the studio door while the song was being recorded, uttered the word "fuck" and wandered off and supposedly you can hear in on the recording. The song was indeed banned by several stations and failed to appear on the Country Music Chart because of it.
For: It sounds like something that would have actually happened in 1958.
Against: There are several times the chorus sounds like it's saying "fuck a chicka," which is probably the real reason it was banned on some stations.
4. Mozart was murdered by the Freemasons
There have been plenty of conspiracies, myths, stories and speculation about Mozart's death because, to put it simply, science sucked back then. One such conspiracy is that Mozart was killed by Freemasons after he wrote The Magic Flute because it challenged their doctrines and showed off secret rituals.
For: Freemasons were involved in many of the anti-monarchy movements and after his death several fingers were pointed at the Freemasons, perhaps because Mozart was not following some type of order from them.
Against: Mozart was a Freemason and was probably their best source of good publicity. While nobody is exactly sure what Mozart died from, poison has been relatively ruled out, whether it be from the hand of a Freemason or Antonio Salieri. In the end it was probably an infection.
3. The Beatles and the Rolling Stones were formed by the Tavistock Institute to control the minds of children
There are a whole slew of Beatles and Rolling Stones related conspiracies out there, but one you might not have heard is that both bands were created in order to control the minds of the youth. The Beatles were created to control the good kids, while the Rolling Stones were for the bad. Even weirder is the theory that the Tavistock Institute created "trigger words" in the songs that were designed for the mass control of the brain. This theory would eventually be applied to Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and others. Anyone seen Josie and the Pussycats?
For: Both bands garnered a huge following that would do whatever the bands asked them to do, and both bands represented a "lifestyle" that kids took on and used to represent themselves.
Against: The problem with this theory is that while it might make a little sense from the start, things must have fallen apart toward the end when LSD and marijuana came into the picture. Unless, of course, the Tavistock Institute was actually pushing those drugs, in which case, we have no counter-argument.
2. Miley Cyrus is a Communist
For: The "Party" in the song above could very well be the Communist party -- we'll never really know. After all, she likes RuPaul, Michelle Obama and the color red (we assume). She is also on record stating, "I think all religions have a good practice in them." That sounds like Leftist Communist Socialist Democratic propaganda.
Against: Well, there's nothing specifically against this theory, so it's about as plausible as any other theory we could mount against her. We'd be more willing to argue she's an alien-robot from Mars sent to spread happiness through rainbows, though.
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1. Gangsta Rap was created to convince black people to kill each other
This one picked up some steam when Alicia Keys revealed her thoughts on it during an interview with Blender. (She also believes that the feud between 2pac and Notorious B.I.G. was fueled by the government to keep a great black leader from existing.) The theory here is that the government created gangsta rap so people would kill each other. She later backed out of the claim, but it was way too late.
For: Gangsta rap has had a lot of criticism over the years because it promotes tons of bad things, from misogyny to drive-bys. Spike Lee compared it to minstrel shows, in which the rappers are fulfilling a stereotype made by white people -- that the whole thing is a big play. It's unclear when the term actually made it into the public vernacular.
Against: Rappers themselves have been quoted as saying it's simply a representation of inner-city life, not a glorification of violence. The two principal gangs associated with the movement, Bloods and Crips, existed before the music term did, but then again -- we don't know exactly who formed those gangs to begin with.