Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has responded to Demi Lovato’s recent out-of-this-world remarks suggesting that “‘aliens’ is a derogatory term.” The Cosmos presenter and Director of the Hayden Planetarium laughed at the comments in a new interview with TMZ, saying, “All the aliens that I’ve ever met, they have no feelings.”
Whether Tyson was ignorant of Lovato’s preferred pronouns or just behaving ignorantly, he referred to them throughout the short clip by ‘she’ and ‘her.’ He admitted that Lovato was being “considerate,” but also expressed bafflement at this personification of extra-terrestrials, wondering why someone would be “worried about offending them by calling them an alien,” as if we could know what “is going on in the head of species of life from another planet?”
He continued by defending the term ‘alien,’ explaining, “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.” This is probably a reference to his remarks on Cosmos suggesting that any aliens who travel the vast distance through space to Earth would probably be coveting our resources.
When it comes to potentially hostile invaders, “First, I don’t care what they feel. Plus, why should I even believe they know English? So, yeah, I’m not all in on that. I don’t get it.”
Lovato’s seventh album, Dancing with the Devil… the Art of Starting Over, dropped in April,