Neil deGrasse Tyson Disagrees with Demi Lovato on Why We Shouldn’t Say ‘Aliens’

by Kati Michelle
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It seems like UFO spottings have been on the rise lately across the span of the globe. That has sparked some interesting conversations, especially relating to what terminology we should be using to discuss such. Demi Lovato notably added their two cents to the conversation by commenting on the term “alien” recently. Demi refuses to use the term, opting for the “more inclusive” extraterrestrial delineation instead.

Now Demi may be an award-winning pop star, but that doesn’t really make them an authority on space. So, what does astrophysicist and resident space authority, Neil deGrasse Tyson say?

Well, to make a long story short, he says Demi is wrong. Here’s why:

Neil deGrasse Tyson Isn’t Concerned About Alien’s Feelings

In speaking to the press, Neil deGrasse Tyson totally just obliterated Demi Lovato’s arguments for using the term “alien.” Here’s how his long-winded reply went down:

“All the aliens that I’ve ever met, they have no feelings. 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 of [Demi], but really? Really?”

He continues: “When I refer to aliens – just to be specific – I 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, and 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. First, I don’t care what they feel. Plus, why should I even believe they know English?”

He concludes: “So, yeah, I’m not all-in on that. I don’t get it.”

The Ultimate William Shatner Prank

When William Shatner announced he was going to space, Neil deGrasse Tyson was all over that news. If you want to learn more about Shatner’s space flight and how to watch, you can do that here. In a tweet directed at Shatner, astrophysicist Tyson said the following: “Godspeed @WilliamShatner. Will reach Mach 3 (3x the speed of sound) on ascent. That’s 0.00034% of Warp Factor 1, but it’s a start.”

He followed this Tweet with one that did not address Shatner directly. Instead, it shared a hilarious prank aimed at Shatner’s return back to Earth. The hypothetical plan involves getting everyone to dress up as “Planet of the Apes” style creatures. With 14.5 million Twitter followers, even if 1/10th Tyson fans joined in, that would sure be quite the sight to see. Neil says “Don’t tell anybody. But part of me actually wants to do this.”

Check out the tweet here: