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Demi Lovato believes the term ‘alien’ is derogatory to extraterrestrials

In an interview with Pedestrian TV, US singer Demi Lovato revealed they believe “aliens” is a derogatory term for extraterrestrials.

Could someone phone E.T. and ask what he thinks because this is… an interesting take?

In a recent interview with Pedestrian TV to promote their four-episode docuseries Unidentified with Demi Lovato (where they and their companions aim to uncover the mysteries of UFOs in a positive and inclusive way), the 29-year-old Heart Attack hitmaker shared their belief that aliens are real and harmless.

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“I think that if there were beings that could harm us, we would have been gone a long time ago,” Lovato said when speaking with Matty Galea.

“I also think that if there are civilisations that are of consciousness in other dimensions, which has given them the technology to be able to travel through space, I think that they 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!”

After being asked which misconceptions about UFOs they find most troubling, the Dancing with the Devil singer revealed it’s the “negative stereotypes” that get to them.

“I think the ones that bother me are that they’re harmful or that they’ll come and take over the planet,” said Lovato.

“But I think that we have to stop calling them ‘aliens’ because ‘aliens’ is a derogatory term for anything. That’s why I like to call them ETs! So yeah, that’s a little tidbit. A little information that I learned.”

It was that comment that set social media ablaze with memes and confused head-scratching.

“Why can’t Demi Lovato just stick to singing? Like why ruin your career?? How is [the] word ‘alien’ offensive?” a Twitter user tweeted with a gif of a confused toddler.

“[D]id Demi Lovato really just say ‘aliens’ is a derogatory term?? [B]ruh what,” another user tweeted.

“[D]ude nothing against Demi Lovato and her new UFO show but if aliens were to speak to someone on earth I don’t think it would be her,” another Twitter user commented.

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Lovato’s views garnered enough attention for American astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson to respond to them. The acclaimed scientist took the situation in stride. After acknowledging that Lovato was “being ‘considerate’”, Tyson went on to question why Lovato cares so much.

“[Why is Lovato] worried about offending them by calling them an alien … [when we don’t know what] is going on in the head of species of life from another planet?” Tyson said when speaking to US entertainment news outlet, TMZ.

“When I refer to aliens – just to be specific – I always say ‘space aliens’”.

Unidentified with Demi Lovato is now streaming on Hayu in Australia, and Peacock in the US.