Neil deGrasse Tyson Slams Flat-Earth Theorist B.o.B

January 27, 2016 - Neil deGrasse Tyson's B.o.B Smackdown 01/27/2016 Views: 594,528

Rapper B.o.B creates a science emergency by insisting that the Earth is flat, and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson comes to the rescue. (4:38)

Welcome back. Now...

if you spent any time on Twitterin the past 48 hours,

then you've heard aboutour next story.

Rapper B.o.B. blowing up Twitter

with his theories onthe actual shape of the earth.

Rapper B.o.B.-- perhaps you knowhim for hits "Airplanes"

and "Nothin' On You"-- he firmlybelieves that the earth is flat.

He is on a Twitter missionto prove it,

and he says he hasphotographic evidence

and that we've beenfooled all this time.

Mm. Mm.

You know, guys, first timeI heard "Nothin' On You",

I definitely thought,"This B.o.B. guy--

he is the one to finally takedown that asshole Aristotle."

Take him down.Take him down.

Seriously, though,these tweets are amazing.

"...the horizonis always eye level..."

"Once you go flatyou never go back"?

"...where is the curve?"

Um, B.o.B., if you'relooking for the curve,

you got to call Sir Mix-A-Lot.

That is a manwho did not deny science.

He did not.Am I right?

I'm not lying about that. Okay.

Anyway, so this thingwent viral.

And even world-renownedsuper scientist

and friend of The Nightly Show Neil deGrasse Tyson

got involved and refuted someof B.o.B.'s retrograde nonsense,

which prompted release a diss track

called "Flatline".Here's a taste.

♪ Neil Tysonneed to loosen up his vest ♪

♪ They'll probably write thatman one hell of a check ♪

♪ Flat line, flat line

♪ You got me oncebut that died, aye ♪

Oh, (bleep)!

This (bleep)just got real, y'all.


I'm gonna tell you--looks like we've got ourselves

a r...code red science emergency.

So I'm gonna have todo something I rarely do.

I got to hitthe science panic button.

WOMAN: Science emergencydefense program initiated.

Science emergency defenseprogram initiated.

-Oh, my God. -Science emergencydefense program initiated.

(audience cheering, applauding)

WILMORE: Hey, Neil...Neil deGrasse Tyson!

-Larry?-It's Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Neil deGrasse Tyson, everybody.


Look at... look at that.Thank you.


I'm trying to eat my dinner,I got your distress call.

-I apologize, I know.-Is everything okay?

No, Neil, everythingis not okay.

This B.o.B. BS aboutthe earth being flat

is getting out of control.Can you please help us?

Uh, h-hold my sandwich.

-Oh, sure, okay.-I'm sorry.

Here, you take that.Here, here, you want your...

-Oh. Oh. Oh, my God. Okay.-(audience cheering, applauding)

Looks good.All right. Go.

All right, listen B.o.B.,once and for all.

The earth looks flatbecause, one,

you're not far enough awayat your size.

Two, your... your sizeisn't large enough

relative to earthto notice any curvature at all.

It's a fundamental factof calculus

and non-Euclidean geometry.

Small sectionsof large curved surfaces

will always look flat to littlecreatures that crawl upon it.

But this...

but this whole thing-- it's justa symptom of a larger problem.

There's a growinganti-intellectual strain

in this country that many th...that may be

the beginning of the endof our informed democracy.

O-Of course, in a free society,

you can and shouldthink whatever you want.

And if you want to think theworld is flat, go right ahead.

But if you think the worldis flat and you have influence

over others,as would successful rappers

or even presidential candidates,

then being wrong

becomes being harmful--

to the health, the wealth,

and the securityof our citizenry.

Discovery and explorationgot us out of the caves.

And each generation benefits

from what previous generationshave learned.

Isaac Newton, my man,said, "I have...

"If I have seenfarther than others,

it's by standingon the shoulders of giants."

(cheering, whooping)

-WILMORE: Yeah! (whoops)-Can I get an amen?

So that's right, B.o.B.,when you stand on the shoulders

of those who came before,

you might justsee far enough to realize

the earth isn't (bleep) flat.

And by the way...

this is called gravity.

-(cheering, applause)-Oh! Oh!

Neil deGrasse Tyson, everybody!

Oh! We'll be right back.

-Oh! Oh!-I'm out!

-♪ -(cheering, applause)

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