Theories that the moon landing was a hoax have been floating around for decades, but the strange idea is gaining new steam after video surfaced that appeared to show noted director Stanley Kubrick admitting that he played a role in it.
For decades, conspiracy theorists had claimed that NASA faked the moon landing watched by the world back in 1969. While these have always been on the fringes, the idea is gaining new steam with the footage of the Clockwork Orange director speaking on the issue in 1999.
The video, which the U.K.’s Express reported was from documentary filmmaker T. Patrick Murray, showed Kubrick just four days before his death. It features a bearded man said to be Kubrick, who explains that he took part in a vast conspiracy to fake the moon landing.
“The conspiracy theorists were right, on this occasion,” the man said.
He then goes on to explain that the moon landing was really a hoax meant to make the United States look as if it had beaten the Russians to the moon.
“I perpetrated a huge fraud on the American public, which I am now about to detail, involving the United States government and NASA, that the moon landings were faked, that the moon landings were all faked, and I was the person who filmed it,” the man said. “It’s total fiction.”
The man went on to say that the moon landing was his “masterpiece,” but lamented that he could never take credit for it.
He also claimed that the government has gone on to perpetrate “fraud after fraud after fraud,” which apparently gives credence to the theory that not just one but all the moon landings may have been a hoax.
But many have taken issue with the moon landing hoax documentary. It is very crudely presented, with the man alleged to be Kubrick shown only in grainy, poorly edited footage.
“The editing and footage and audio on this entire thing is a complete train wreck,” wrote one YouTube commenter. “How do you expect anyone to take you seriously?”
The footage has also hit the internet just as NASA spoiled what had been one of the major conspiracy theories. The agency released the coordinates of the crash site for the Apollo 16 S-IVB, which crashed in an area of the moon called Mare Insularum.
Releasing the exact coordinates took the steam out of the moon landing hoax theories, the Express noted. Many had claimed that all six lunar missions were a lie, so proof of a vessel landing on the moon would negate all of this.
But Gawker suggested that another level of hoax could be taking place in the Stanley Kubrick moon landing video. In a theory reminiscent of Inception, they confirmed from Kubrick’s family members that it was faked, but suggested that Kubrick himself may have had a role in creating it.
“To be clear, there is almost no way this is Stanley Kubrick. But just to be sure, we reached out to his former wife, Christiane Kubrick. A spokesman responded with the following: ‘The interview is a lie, Stanley Kubrick has never been interviewed by T. Patrick Murray the whole story is made up, fraudulent & untrue.
“Then again, of course Stanley Kubrick’s widow would say that. Made up. Fraudulent. AND untrue?
“Either way, whether this video is real (it’s not), the elaborate construction of an unhinged man (probably), or the elaborate construction of Kubrick himself for reasons unknown (why not!), the transcript is — to say the least — incredible.”
The video detailing the alleged moon landing hoax can be found here.
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