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Rage Against the Machine’s Tim Commerford Is A True Conspiracy Theorist

DONINGTON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 12: Tim Commerford of Rage Against The Machine performs on stage on Day 2 of Download Festival on June 12, 2010 in Donington, England. (Photo by Christie Goodwin/Getty Images)

Tim Commerford


I have been accused of being a conspiracy theorist many times, because of my research around Elliott Smith’s death, although I really don’t think the term conspiracy applies in this case. A conspiracy theory accuses two or more people of covering up a specific event, and the term has taken such a derogatory meaning that nobody wants to hear about it, however conspiracy theories are all over the internet, all kinds of conspiracies, the next one crazier than the previous one, and the most unexpected people believe the most unexpected things.

Celebrities are of course not exempt, and Rage Against the Machine’s Tim Commerford has recently spoken with Rolling Stone revealing his complete conspiracy theory side. Now you would not expect this from a guy belonging to a group like RATM, right? You would not expect this from a guy coming from a group so actively and politically involved, because they are supposed to tell the truth? Nevertheless, here are the few weird things that Tim believes:

He doesn’t believe ISIS really exists:’ I don’t believe ISIS is real. ISIS has been an inspiration for a lot of the songs that I wrote with Wakrat. I don’t believe that all the different factions in the Middle East have gotten together and said, “OK, we all hate each other and we all hate America, so let’s all put on the ISIS uniform and join forces and just become ISIS.” That’s a bunch of shit. I don’t believe the Jihadi John beheading video. Go look at those videos and study them, and see if you don’t think they’re fake.’

The beheading, the killing were fake? ‘They’re not real’, he continues. ‘They’re high-def. They have a soundtrack. The parts of those videos that you couldn’t fake are edited out. At first, I thought it was edited out by our government so our kids wouldn’t be seeing it on the Internet, but no. That’s the way those videos came. The knife starts to cut the neck, and then it fades out. There’s too much stuff that doesn’t look real. They’ve edited out the parts that would be too hard to fake. We created Jihadi John and ISIS so we can go drop bombs.’

Yeap, Tim thinks it is a US government conspiracy to excuse the bombing! Actually, he goes even deeper than that: ‘Oh, I think it goes so much deeper than just the U.S. government. It’s the same people that put presidents in office all over the world. It’s a global conspiracy of people whose names we’ll never know, but they’re the ones who really run the show because they’re the ones with the deepest pockets.’

Oh yeah, the illuminati! Is this what he means? I have heard it so many times, it’s not even original… but he adheres to all kinds of conspiracies, even the moon landing ? yeap!

‘I’m a conspiracy theorist,’ he says. ‘I can’t help but look at the lunar landing and go, “We didn’t go to the moon.” We never went there. My dad worked for NASA on the Apollo missions, and I’ve always felt it’s been fake since I was a kid. The one thing I always questioned: We put the flag on the moon. Why did we put a metal rod on the top of it? Why wouldn’t we just plant it into the moon’s surface and have the astronaut pull it out and let it go and we can watch it do its dance on the moon? It would’ve been an image we couldn’t have faked and one that we would have never forgotten.’

Noooo, not this again! There are tons of websites just dedicated to prove it was a hoax and as many websites dedicated to debunk the hoax, so what the point?

‘I got into it with Buzz Aldrin five years ago at a John Cusack movie premiere. There were a bunch of people gathered around, and I said, “I have a question: You have all these missions to the moon. How come there’s no pictures of the flags on the moon?” He said, “Well, those are highly degraded by radiation by now.” I said, “You left a lot of stuff on the moon. It seems that somebody with a telescope or satellite would snap a picture of that so we could see it. It’d be on the cover of every newspaper.'”

You could tell he was getting frustrated, and I asked him why he put a metal rod on top of the flag instead of just letting the flag out and do its thing. He gets all frustrated and says, “I’m just trying to remember what they told me to say.” That’s what he said! Those were his exact words! Then he and his wife — all plastic surgery-ed up and fake as they can be — bolted out, and I watched them walking down the street and he was just yelling at her. It made him so mad. There are so many different facets of the lunar landing that are just bullshit. It was such a powerful propaganda tool at the time.’

A simple research let me found this article in Discover magazine (among many) showing pictures proving the flags are still there, but what can I say, he would probably say the pictures are fake?

I am for questioning everything but there are also uninformed people who look ridiculous because they don’t know what they are talking about?

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