This week two more celebrities announced their supposed encounters with space aliens, and it was about what you would expect. The less surprising was Miley Cyrus, who told Interview magazine that she was traumatized by a flying saucer that she witnessed while high on drugs:
I had an experience, actually. I was driving through San Bernardino with my friend, and I got chased down by some sort of UFO. I’m pretty sure about what I saw, but I’d also bought weed wax from a guy in a van in front of a taco shop, so it could have been the weed wax. But the best way to describe it is a flying snowplow. It had this big plow in the front of it and was glowing yellow. I did see it flying, and my friend saw it, too. There were a couple of other cars on the road and they also stopped to look, so I think what I saw was real.
Cyrus went on to say that she was unable to look at the sky for several days for fear of space aliens.
More insidiously, Demi Lovato delivered a commercial for UFO huckster Steven Greer's new alien-contact app under the guise of claiming to make contact with space aliens during meditation sessions. In an Instagram posting, Lovato said she traveled to Joshua Tree where she met with Greer and the team behind his CE5 app, a $10 networking application designed to teach users to contact space aliens and to meet up with other alien enthusiasts in their local areas. She then encouraged users to give Greer money for the experience, but not before alleging that Greer could help create world peace:
Over the past couple months I have dug deep into the science of consciousness and experienced not only peace and serenity like I’ve never known but I also have witnessed the most incredibly profound sightings both in the sky as well as feet away from me. This planet is on a very negative path towards destruction but WE can change that together. If we were to get 1% of the population to meditate and make contact, we would force our governments to acknowledge the truth about extraterrestrial life among us and change our destructive habits destroying our planet. This is just some of the evidence from under the stars in the desert sky that can no longer be ignored and must be shared immediately.
Lovato did not mark the posting as sponsored content, though it bears all the hallmarks. Greer, you will remember, is the UFO enthusiast who promoted a stillborn fetus as an extraterrestrial and was credibly accused recently of fabricating a UFO sighting for cash. Apparently, he is now moving away from nuts-and-bolts aliens toward a more spiritual experience where the aliens are all in your head.
Finally, for fans of American Horror Story, the mansion featured in season one of the FX anthology series is now about to be exploited for cash by its opportunistic current owners. In a press release distributed today, homeowners Ernst von Schwarz and Angela Oakenfold announced a $25 pay-per-view Halloween paranormal tour of the house, which they now allege is haunted after spending several years developing and "documenting" a ghost story for the property, which did not previously have one attached to it. There will also be t-shirts for sale from their basement t-shirt studio.
The owners claim to have fled the house in terror due to supposed ghostly activity.
Dr Ernst von Schwarz and Angela Oakenfold said they realized something was amiss before they even moved in. They received an email from the former owners handyman saying, “I will be out before May 1 and nothing will be left in the house except the ghosts.” Brushing it off, his words came back to haunt them on their very first night when they were awoken by a huge bang and dragging sound. Terrified after hearing it a third time, they called police only to be told--after hours of searching--that it was probably a ghost. It would not be the last time the Los Angeles Police Department would tell them that, even documenting it in official records as “ghost activity.”
They are, to put it mildly, lying. In news reports from 2018, when they bought the house, they actually called the police because of break-ins from fans of the television series, leading them to sue the home's former owners, claiming they were never told that the house was deluged with crazed TV fans. As part of their lawsuit, they alleged that the owners failed to disclose two ghosts in the house which had never been previously documented, a claim that had legal ramifications as they tried to make back the money they spent on the house because archaic laws demand disclosure of ghosts at time of sale. Their years'-long efforts to spin break-ins into ghostly activity had the happy coincidence of buttressing their legal claims.
They claimed that the house lost significant value, and it is rather clear that their ghost tour is a cash grab.
They call their home "Murder House," after the show, even though there was no murder there.
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