Rick Hummer, an emcee at a flat earth conference in Denver, looked into a sea of people asking them to…
Rick Hummer, an emcee at a flat earth conference in Denver, looked into a sea of people asking them to repeat three words.
“I’m not ashamed,” Hummer said.
The audience eagerly answered.
“I’m not ashamed to forgive,” they chanted. “I’m not ashamed. I’m not ashamed of insults.”
Mocked and demeaned daily by family, friends and even strangers, hundreds of planetary Earthers celebrated with like-minded people’s Thursday at the second annual Flat Earth International Conference on Crown Plaza Airport Convention Center in Denver.
The two-day conference, equipped with Canada-based Kryptoz Media, was packed with presentations and debates that promote and celebrate the theory that the earth is flat. What would a flat earth look like? Well, it was up to debate, even among this crowd.
Researchers have long decided that the earth is a sphere. It is not up to debate in any scientific circles.
Despite overwhelming evidence, this group does not buy it. The moon lands? Suspect. Apollo mission? Problematic.
After Hummell led his call-and-response, he introduced Rob Skiba. A popular YouTube character in the flat earth community, Skiba took up a PowerPoint called “Debunking Flat Earth 1
01.” Then he whipped a white lab coat.
“I have no academic information,” he said. “But I have a credibility dress.”
The crowd cheered.
Researchers went on and went away with incorrect information due to his government air. Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill New Science Guy and Elon Musk were the favorite goals for this audience. Like NASA and the media.
Skiba began his presentation with a reminder that everyone in the room went to the same schools as the rest of the population. They read the same books, watched the same movies and visited the same museum.
“Never forget,” he said, talking about the globe believers. “We used to be you.”
Charles Whitehead, who traveled from New Jersey, thought that the theory was ridiculous when he heard it in 2016.
Then he listened to rapper Bobby Ray Simmons – aka BoB – talking about it. Whitehead watched some videos and realized that he could not prove the rapper wrong.
Since his appearance as a flat Earther, his family relationships have come to an end.
“My family is cheating on me,” said Whitehead. “They say I’m stupid or I’m crazy.”
The flat earth conference made him feel accepted.
“These people are like family,” he said, looking at others who had flat hats and T-shirts. “I want to be around people like me.”
The theories of conspiracy flowed freely, often far beyond the borders of the earth.
James W. Lee sat on a booth and promoted his book, “Flat Earth: Investigations into a Massive 500 Years Heliocentric Lie.”
After talking animated on various flat earth theories, he launched a statement about Powerful people using lasers to launch California fires as part of a plan to reduce the population.
Robbie Davidson, the man who convened the conference, walked around the cavalry and conducted interviews with a stream of media stores. He wanted to squeeze himself.
“If my future self came to me and said we would have a conference with these many people,” he said. “I would have hit myself.”