Neil deGrasse Tyson Responds to Demi Lovato’s Suggestion That Calling Extra-Terrestrials ‘Aliens’ Is Offensive

Demi Lovato recently encouraged their followers to not use the word “aliens” when taking about extraterrestrials, because they think it’s offensive. 

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Demi Lovato recently encouraged their followers to not use the word “aliens” when talking about extraterrestrials, because they think it’s offensive. Neil deGrasse Tyson begs to differ. 

In an interview with TMZ, astrophysicist and planetary scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson implied that it’s not in our best interests to worry about such a thing when planet Earth has yet to make documented contact with alien life.

“All the aliens I’ve ever met, they have no feelings,” deGrasse Tyson said in the clip. “So to be worried about offending them by calling them an alien… What is [Demi] thinking is going on in the head of species of life from another planet? I mean, I know it’s very considerate… But really?”

In a recent episode of the Unidentified with Demi Lovato series, the Grammy-nominated pop singer explained their thoughts on why the word shouldn’t be used when referring to extraterrestrials. “I think that we have to stop calling them aliens because aliens is a derogatory term for anything,” Lovato said. “That’s why I like to call them ETs!”

As for how he refers to extraterrestrial life, deGrasse suggested a simple prefix to the word “aliens” could solve any concerns. “I, just to be specific, always say ‘space aliens.’ And then, what we used to call aliens on earth—undocumented immigrants—that’s what the new term is for them,” he explained. “I’m all in on that, so what that means is if we all do that the only invocation of the word alien is for creatures from outer space that want to kill us all.”

He also suggested that it might be unwise to assume extraterrestrial life could understand the word “alien,” since they might not understand any of Earth’s languages, anyway. "Why should I even believe they know English?" he continued. "I don't get it."

Lovato made the comments on their new Peacock Original, Unidentified with Demi Lovato, a show in which the artist, sister Dallas, and close friend Matthew Scott Montgomery attempt to uncover information and possible proof of the existence of extraterrestrials and UFOs. "I wanted to film everything that goes down when I go and search for these UFOs so that my fans can come along for the ride,” Lovato explained of the show. "I think that [ETs] are looking for nothing but peaceful encounters and interactions because like I said, if they wanted us gone, we would have been gone a long time ago."

Just last month, the non-binary pop star joined forces with G-Eazy for “Breakdown.” In the video for the track, Demi and G reflected on their relationship with the media, tackling the headlines that address everything from drug issues to infidelity rumors.

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