If you’re not familiar with Demi Lovato (and I wasn’t until a few weeks ago) she’s a singer, songwriter, and actress who first appeared on a children’s television series at the age of ten and has been a celebrity ever since. (Apologies in advance because she chooses the pronoun “they” but I find the singular they to be too cumbersome to tolerate, but will gladly acknowledge that she identifies as “non-binary.”) As any regular reader no doubt knows, I’m pretty much a sucker for all shows about UFOs, extraterrestrials, and all that stuff. So when I learned that she had a new show about UFOs on NBC’s Peacock streaming service called Unidentified With Demi Lovato, I immediately downloaded and binge-watched it. I’ll spare you a full review here and just say that it was … interesting for a variety of reasons.
Since the show launched, the actress has been fielding all sorts of requests for interviews to hear about her personal experience with UFOs, aliens, and perhaps being abducted and taken into outer space. All of this has clearly left her with some new perspectives on the world, the universe, and other life forms. And she now wants you to know that you need to stop referring to the extraterrestrials as “aliens.” It’s offensive, you see. What you should be calling them is “ETs.” (TMZ)
Demi Lovato has an out-of-this-world take that’s bound to get eyeballs rolling — they think we should retire the term “alien” when referring to extraterrestrials … seriously.
The pop star made the bizarre plea to us earthlings during an interview with Australian outlet PEDESTRIAN.tv — in which they say the term “alien” itself is offensive … even as it pertains to actual would-be aliens from outer space … who may or may not be zipping around above us.
The context here is that Demi is plugging this new Peacock special of theirs called “Unidentified” … where they and their pals go looking for proof of Martians, and seem to find something.
Since the show aired, Lovato has gone on to do plenty more interviews and events. She sat down to talk with someone else who was allegedly abducted by aliens also. She gave one lengthy interview where she provided plenty of additional details about her original close encounter which took place out in Joshua Tree, California. She also separately released a clip from the show where she sings one of her hit songs to an extraterrestrial inside of a ranch house where it takes the form of (and I’m not even making this up) a blinking light on some sort of entity detector.
Demi goes on to say that this need to change our terminology when discussing the otherworldly visitors is “a little tidbit I learned.” I don’t recall this coming up on the show, even when she was filmed going through what was alleged to be a hypnotic regression where she was telepathically communicating with the aliens, er… ETs. I suppose it might have wound up on the cutting room floor, but I’m having a hard time picturing this being something that actual extraterrestrials would be concerned about. Even TMZ draws the conclusion that her demand is “absurd.”
I get the fact that many on the left have long objected to the term “alien” when referring to people and prefer “undocumented.” (Which is equally absurd.) I refer to illegal aliens as illegal aliens only when they are aliens who are in our country illegally, as defined in federal law. (Duh.) When they are in their home countries or visiting America with proper documentation I simply refer to them as Haitians or Mexicans or Russians or whatever is applicable.
But someone or something coming here from a different part of the universe is pretty much the textbook definition of an alien and has been for as long as the concept has been making the rounds here on our little blue marble in space. I’m afraid I’m going to have to take a pass on this sage advice and just continue calling them aliens when the topic comes up. Unless, of course, the ones our military keeps seeing flying around turn out to have real death rays and they actually are offended. In that case, just zip by my house and give me a telepathic heads up and I’ll get my terminology up to par asap.
Here’s the trailer for the show in case you’re still interested. No judgment, Demi. This is a safe space.