Top 10 Biggest Pop Culture Conspiracy Theories



Top 10 Biggest Pop Culture Conspiracy Theories

VOICE OVER: Phoebe de Jeu WRITTEN BY: Connor Queen
These conspiracy theories will blow your mind! For this list, we'll be looking at some of the most prevalent conspiracies surrounding celebrities and pop culture. Our countdown includes Lewis Carroll Was Jack the Ripper, Katy Perry Is Actually a Grown-up JonBenét Ramsey, Princess Diana Was Murdered, and more!

Top 10 Biggest Conspiracy Theories in Pop-Culture History

Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Biggest Conspiracy Theories in Pop Culture History.

For this list, we’ll be looking at some of the most prevalent conspiracies surrounding celebrities and pop culture. We’re not saying any of these are true - they’re probably not - just that a lot of other people have.

What are some of your favorite pop culture conspiracy theories? Let us know in the comments below.

#10: Lewis Carroll Was Jack the Ripper

In 1888, a mysterious man known as Jack the Ripper terrorized the city of London with a series of gruesome murders. Because of the time that has since elapsed, many experts believe identifying the man today is near impossible. However, some believe the murderer might have been beloved author, Lewis Carroll. In 1996, a man by the name of Richard Wallace published a book whereby he claimed Carroll and a colleague of his were responsible for the attacks. The theory has stuck around for quite some time and you might never watch “Alice in Wonderland” the same way again.

#9: Solange Is Actually Beyonce’s Daughter

Beyoncé has been involved in numerous conspiracy theories over the years, the most famous being that her sister Solange is actually her daughter. This theory originated from multiple unconfirmed sources claiming Beyoncé’s real birth date is September 4th 1974 instead of 1981. According to an anonymous person online, who claimed to have worked at Beyoncé’s Columbia record label, Beyoncé fell pregnant around the age of thirteen. Because of the circumstances, the baby was then raised by her parents as Beyoncé’s sister. This would mean the hit singer is in her late forties at the time of this video and would make Solange’s son Daniel Julez J. Smith Jr. Beyoncé’s grandson.

#8: Katy Perry Is Actually a Grown-up JonBenét Ramsey

One of the more tragic events of the 1990s was the mysterious murder of child beauty queen, JonBenét Ramsey. Due to the striking resemblance, and because the murder was never solved, people online have bought into a conspiracy theory stating that singer Katy Perry is actually a grown-up Ramsey. The theory was first introduced when someone published a video online describing how Ramsey’s parents sacrificed her old identity in order for her to become famous. However, there’s tons of evidence of Perry as a kid and teenager, so this theory doesn’t really hold up. It is a bit eerie to think about how some people’s brains work, though.

#7: Nicolas Cage Is a Vampire

After a photo of a man from 1870 circulated online, people couldn’t help but notice the striking resemblance that the man had to actor Nicolas Cage. This prompted fans to believe he must be a vampire, because what else? The theory became so widespread, Cage actually addressed it on the “Late Show with David Letterman.” Although not the first celebrity to be deemed immortal, the interaction is hilarious, nonetheless. Knowing Nicolas Cage isn’t secretly a vampire definitely lets us sleep a bit easier, but maybe that’s what someone who drinks blood would want us to think.

#6: Stephen King Killed John Lennon

A man by the name of Steve Lightfoot originally made the claim that former U.S. president Richard Nixon and then-president elect Ronald Reagan had author Stephen King murder John Lennon. The motive was supposedly to stop Lennon’s anti-war influence at the time, even though the Vietnam War had ended five years prior. Although there are mounds of evidence pointing to Mark David Chapman being the killer, conspiracy theorists continue to point fingers at the CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies. If the U.S. government wanted to assassinate someone, though, we doubt they would hire a novelist.

#5: Walt Disney’s Body Is Cryogenically Frozen

The idea that the Disney Company froze the body of Walt Disney is an old one, but it still persists today, nonetheless. After his death in 1966, theories emerged that the company had cryogenically frozen him in order to revive him in the future. Some believe Disney’s body is frozen under the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland while others think it may be stored at a top-secret facility. The purpose of this? We aren’t exactly sure. One thing is for certain, though: the company doesn’t need to reanimate him because they aren’t exactly struggling without him.

#4: Princess Diana Was Murdered

The death of Princess Diana made headlines around the world and was one of the biggest stories of the 1990s. Many have since theorized that the royal family by way of MI6 purposely had the princess killed and staged the incident to look like a crash. The motive for this would be due to Diana supposedly being pregnant at the time with Egyptian film producer Dodi Fayed’s child. Many believe that this was something the monarchy privately disapproved of. Although there isn’t actual evidence for this, the fact Fayed’s father expressed his support for the theory doesn’t give us much comfort.

#3: Many Celebrities Are in the Illuminati

Over the ages, people have accused tons of different celebrities of being members of the Illuminati, despite the actual Illuminati dying out in the late 1700s. Famous singers like Madonna, all the way to former U.S. President Donald Trump have been accused. Although the Illuminati might be defunct now, secret societies do still exist and it’s no surprise speculation has swirled around them for decades. While these societies are most likely just networking clubs for the ultra-rich, we can’t help but wonder if they truly are something more sinister. And as long as they’re around, it’s safe to say these theories aren’t going away anytime soon.

#2: Stanley Kubrick Directed the Faked Moon Landing

The 1969 moon landing is subject to one of the biggest conspiracy theories of all time. But many who indulge in this notion believe the videos of the faked landing were directed by Hollywood mogul, Stanley Kubrick. Kubrick often added hidden themes and messages in his films, which fans have no doubt held a microscope to. From the Apollo sweater in “The Shining” to directing “2001: A Space Odyssey” right before Apollo 11, the infamous director definitely added fuel to the fire, whether unintentionally or not. The conspiracy theory has even made its way onto the “Joe Rogan Experience,” with the clip alone having over one million views on YouTube.

#1: Elvis Presley Is Still Alive

There are a plethora of conspiracies surrounding the deaths of celebrities, but none are more prevalent than the one about the King of Rock and Roll himself. Entire forums online are gung-ho that the famous singer faked his own death in order to live a life of peace and quiet. Presley was born in 1935, though, and would be in his late eighties at the time of this video. While not impossible, the chances of this legendary vocalist still being alive are next to none. For many, however, that doesn’t entirely rule out him living the rest of his days undercover, or the FBI helping fake his death for reasons unknown.