Darren Nesbit

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Darren Nesbit
BornDarren Smith
1971
Manchester
🏳️ NationalityBritish
Daznez
💼 Occupation
Conspiracy theorist
MovementConspiracism

Darren Nesbit (born Darren Smith), also known as Daznez, is a British conspiracy theorist and anti-vaxxer.

Nesbit has become a well known figure at anti-lockdown protests in the United Kingdom. He normally is seen at a protest singing his own song You can stick your New World Order up your arse which uses the She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain tune and features the slogan We are the 99%. During the anti-lockdown protests, he has featured alongside other conspiracy theorists such as Kate Shemirani, Piers Corbyn, Mark Steele and others.

In September 2020, Nesbit self-published the newspaper The Light which features various conspiracy theories and focuses on the claim that Covid-19 is a hoax and urges people to ignore any restrictions which are put in place by the government to prevent the spread of Covid-19, such as socially distancing and to wear face masks.[1]

Early and personal life[edit]

Prior to endorsing conspiracy theories, Nesbit was a prominent singer at anti-fracking protests throughout the United Kingdom.

Nesbit lives in Manchester. His family is from Salford.[2] He is a songwriter, musician and performer.[3]

Conspiracy theories[edit]

In 2014, Nesbit attended a Wake Up Manchester pop up event and told the newspaper Salford Star, "We're here to wake up Manchester, wake up Salford, wake up the whole country to exactly what's going on" about "fracking, GMO foods, geo engineering, police corruption, paedophilia all right the way up to the top of society... all the things."[4] In June 2014, Nesbit was arrested when he attended an anti-fracking protest on Crawberry Hill, Hull, although the charges were later dropped.[5][6]

Nesbit said that he became a Flat-earther in 2014 and that it took six months for him to "fully question, research and then accept" the Flat Earth theory.[7][8] Nesbit's explanation for the flat Earth theory is that, "We know that continuous east-west travel is a reality", and, "One logical possibility for those who are truly free thinkers is that space-time wraps around and we get a Pac-Man effect".[9]

In 2015, Nesbit appeared on the video The Earth Is NOT a Ball... The Biggest Deception! and the following year on the video The Earth Is Not... A Spinning Ball.[10] In 2017, he featured a mini series titled 2017 Awakening UFO & Conscious Life Expo and featured on a short documentary titled Earth Is Flat and Square: From Scripture, Evidence & Reason.[10]

In 2018, Nesbit, along with Martin Kenny and Gary Heather, appeared on the British show This Morning and were interviewed by Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby because they claimed to have evidence that the Earth is flat.[10][11] During the interview, Nesbit claimed that gravity is fake, Major Tim Peake never went to space but was instead filmed inside of a Hollywood studio.[12] After being shown a short clip by Professor Brian Cox who described Flat earthers' claims as "nonsensical", Schofield asked Nesbit if Cox were lying and Nesbit replied, "You would never call someone a liar. Is Brian Cox mistaken? Yes, as is 99% of the world".[13] Schofield ended the discussion by telling the three men, "You are all bonkers!"[13]

In 2018, Nesbit, along with other conspiracy theorists, attended the first Flat Earth Convention in Birmingham. He was a convention speaker and during his speech stating his theory that humans are living in a Pac-Man world, he said, "We know that continuous east-west travel is possible. One logical possibility for those who are truly free thinkers is that space-time wraps around and we get a Pac-Man effect".[14][15][16] According to Nesbit, you have to dismiss everything you have been told and "be your own authority".[17] In the same year, Nesbit dedicated a documentary titled Flat Out Lie in which he tries to convince watchers that the Earth is flat.[18]

In September 2020, Nesbit self-published a conspiracy theorist newspaper The Light which features an abundance of baseless conspiracy theories about Covid-19, vaccines, Bill Gates and other subjects. He uses Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms to try and recruit volunteers and to reach a bigger audience.[1] Nesbit runs a small business selling anti-vaccine T-shirts and 9/11 conspiracy merchandise.[1] The newspaper focuses especially on the New World Order conspiracy theory.[1] At the moment, the main point of the newspaper Nesbit states is to tell people that Covid-19 is a hoax.[1] The newspaper tells people to not wear face masks and ignore any restrictions put in place to stop the spread of Covid-19.[1] Nesbit describes his newspaper as the "Truthpaper".[1]

In February 2021, Nesbit was the guest on the 67th episode of Be Reasonable, a podcast featured by the Merseyside Skeptics Society.[19]

Discography[edit]

  • Heretic & Proud - EP (2009)
  • Electrospective (2011)
  • Barton Moss - EP (2014)
  • Last Days of Babylon (2017)

See also[edit]

  • Protests over responses to the COVID-19 pandemic#United Kingdom

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Waterson, Jim (27 November 2020). "How an anti-lockdown 'truthpaper' bypasses online factcheckers". The Guardian.
  2. "NOW COMES THE BARTON MOSS EP BY DAZNEZ". Salford Star. 15 June 2014.
  3. "Darren Nesbit". MUSIC2DEAL.
  4. "WAKE UP MANCHESTER WAKE UP SALFORD WAKE UP WORLD". Salford Star. 5 July 2014.
  5. "NOW COMES THE BARTON MOSS EP BY DAZNEZ". Salford Star. 15 June 2014.
  6. Alan Tootill (2016). Fracking The UK 2 The Storm Rages On. p. 190. ISBN 9781537600611. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  7. Cassella, Carly (2 May 2018). "Flat-Earthers Think You Can't Fall Off The Edge Because We Live in a Pac-Man World". Science Alert.
  8. Eschner, Kay (3 May 2018). "The universe may be a giant video game, but it certainly isn't Pac-Man". Popular Science.
  9. Moffitt, Mike (1 May 2018). "Conspiracy theorist: You can't fall off flat Earth edge due to 'Pac-Man effect'". SFGATE.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 "Darren Nesbit". IMDb.
  11. "The me who claim the Earth is flat?". 2 May 2018.
  12. Deen, Sarah (2 May 2018). "Flat-earthers say astronaut Tim Peake didn't go to space but a 'Hollywood studio'". The Metro.
  13. 13.0 13.1 "Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield stunned by 'Flat Earthers' who claim the Earth is flat and Tim Peake lied about visiting space". Evening Standard.
  14. Bryner, Jeanna (2 May 2018). "Flat-Earthers Explain Why We Don't Fall Off the Edge of Our Planet, and It Involves Pac-Man". Live Science.
  15. Best, Shivali (5 June 2018). "Is the Earth flat? Weird and wonderful 'Flat Earth Theories' about the shape of our planet". Daily Mirror.
  16. Best, Shivali (4 May 2018). "Flat Earth theory compares our planet to PAC-MAN with bizarre new concept". The Mirror.
  17. Marshall, Michael (2 May 2018). "The universe is an egg and the moon isn't real: notes from a Flat Earth conference". The Guardian.
  18. "Flat Out Lie". IMDb.
  19. "Be Reasonable: Episode #067 – Darren Nesbit". Merseyside Skeptics Society. Marsh is joined by returning guest Darren Nesbit, a flat earth proponent who has become a prominent figure in the anti-lockdown protests, and whose folk song “Stick Your New World Order Up Your Arse (We Are The 99%)“ became something of an anthem for the protests against COVID-19 safety measures.


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