Pop star Demi Lovato has declared that the word “aliens” is “derogatory” toward extraterrestrial life.
In an interview with Australia’s Pedestrian.TV published last week, Lovato said “we have to stop calling [extraterrestrials] aliens because aliens is a derogatory term for anything. That’s why I like to call them ETs!”
Lovato — who identifies as nonbinary and uses “they/them” pronouns — was promoting “Unidentified,” a new Peacock reality show about Lovato’s quest to make contact with extraterrestrial life, which has yet to be identified.
- According to Pedestrian.TV, the four-episode streaming series “breaks down” humanity’s “negative stereotypes” about aliens and aims to spread positive awareness and bridge the gap between earth and outer space.”
- “I think the [alien stereotypes] that bother me are that they’re harmful or that they’ll come and take over the planet,” Lovato said. “Why would they want our planet when we’re running it into the ground?”
The article included an editor’s note that reads, “As per Demi’s guidance, we have refrained from using the A-word in this article as it’s an offensive term, no matter who you’re directing it at. It’s ETs, folks. File that away, please!”
Earlier this year, the Biden administration directed immigration officials to stop using “alien” and other non-“inclusive” language in all official communications.
— Forbes (@Forbes) February 16, 2021