For years, conspiracy theorists have believed that the legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, the genius behind 2001: A Space Odyssey, helped the U.S. government fake the moon landings.
The infamous theory suggested that Kubrick even put hints that he filmed the 1969 Apollo landings in his horror classic The Shining, such as the Apollo sweater and other secret clues.
However, Kubrick’s daughter Vivian has now shot down the theory, going so far as to write a letter openly mocking those who believe it, The Independent reports.
Re: Faked Moon Landings
Many people have asked me about this. And this feels like the right time to respond … pic.twitter.com/UVlNFofFW8
— Vivian Kubrick (@ViKu1111) July 5, 2016
But conspiracy theorists being conspiracy theorists, have rejected her letter – presumably because she’s a ‘shill’.
However, she wrote:
How can anyone believe that one of the greatest defenders of mankind would commit such an act of betrayal?
I actually knew him! I lived and worked with him so forgive my harshness when I state categorically: the so called ‘truth’ these malicious cranks persist in forwarding… is manifestly A GROTESQUE LIE.
The theory that Kubrick faked the moon landing didn’t become popular until the star’s death in 1999, but that’s not stopped tin-foil hat wearing keyboard warriors from believing it.
For the record, we’re with Vivian and don’t think Kubrick had a hand in the moon landings, mainly because it’d be pretty stupid to help the government fake something and then subtly admit it less than two decades later.