It is an indication of these distrustful times that conspiracy theories such as this one are allowed to permeate the public conciousness. The Lionel Richie Conspiracy Theory is the belief by a small but vocal minority, that soul-sensation Lionel Richie did not literally dance on the ceiling of a random room he found full of dancing people in a tower block. The theory posits that it was a hoax orchestrated by the American Government with a specially-built rotating set in response to the threat of Duran Duran during the great 80's Pop Race with the United Kingdom.
In the mid-eighties, the United States of America and the United Kingdom were locked in what had become known as the "Pop Race"; the fight for musical supremacy. America considered the implications of losing unpalatable, the possibility that 'people might like them a little less' was a powerful motivation to win this war...ahem...race. Added pressure to produce 'something spectacular' came when the UK shocked the entire world in 1984 with Duran Duran's 'Wild Boys' video in which a clearly supernatural Simon Le Bon was strapped to a huge rotating windmill. The Duran Duran crisis led to a further US government spending increase in projects specifically involving Lionel Richie.