Queen Elizabeth II is a cannibal, NASA is hiding the truth about a second sun from us, the Ice Bucket Challenge was a satanic ritual, and Finland doesn’t exist – it all sounds crazy, right? Just wait until you hear the next conspiracy theory that has recently taken the Internet by storm. Ludwig van Beethoven was actually black and European-Americans have deliberately concealed this fact.
The claim first emerged on the Internet in 2015, alleging that the composer was of African descent and that he wore white powder when he appeared in public or performed in order to hide his identity. In addition, the virtuoso pianist used body doubles when artists wanted to paint his portrait. Back then, netizens paid little attention to it, but following the recent protests against racial discrimination in the United States and across the world, the resurfaced claim is driving social media users crazy, with netizens accusing white historians of hiding the truth.
So.. I just found out today that Beethoven was actually BLACK.. whhhhat? pic.twitter.com/jOI99n9mlJ— 国王 | (@1Novek) June 18, 2020
white historians continue to prove how gross they are,,,, they literally tried to paint one of the best known musicians as a caucasian and made us believe for years that he was white when beethoven was black... white people tryna whitewash history again.— mickey hater (@flrtjms) June 18, 2020
The same fate also befell another great classical composer.
I thought it was mozart who was black. Were they both????— Nathan Cowan (@nathanalanco) June 18, 2020
Even French author Alexandre Dumas was brought up...
Maybe you already know this but Alexandre Dumas, the author of the Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo was for sure Black. That’s a fact. pic.twitter.com/p5jZrM3NQG— Nicole Maria says black lives matter ✨ (@nicoleamaria) June 18, 2020
Others criticised the idea that Beethoven was black as well as those who blindly trust any information they see online.
While certainly possible; there is no actual evidence either wayhttps://t.co/upC2nn6mMF— chocomama29 (@alwaysthemama) June 18, 2020
Dude, I’m Black and very proud of Black accomplishments across human history. Beethoven was a White man. This is stupid— nggasgivemeheebiejeebies (@nggasgivemehee1) June 18, 2020
Still others honed their meme skills and humour.
Mood when you learn that Beethoven was black pic.twitter.com/zrYY3NOKgs— 🌹JNTX🌹 (@EYSP9377) June 18, 2020
Beethoven getting ready for his concerts like pic.twitter.com/UM89nBSe9f— KYLE 🖕🏽 (@thekillakay_) June 18, 2020
And joked about the origins of the claim.
beethovan facetimed me yesterday, yeah definitely blaaaack— ☭fruitsinpaintings (@paintedfruits) June 18, 2020