Comedy legend Dan Aykroyd has never minced words when it comes to his belief in extraterrestrials and the supernatural. Heck, the man’s shining artistic achievement, “Ghostbusters,” was a direct result of his lifelong belief in the supernatural. No matter how famous you get, no matter how big your legion of adoring fans, there will always be those people ready to look down their nose at your beliefs. Such is the case this week, as Aykroyd is being maligned after comments he made in an interview with The Sunday Times.
On Sunday, Aykroyd’s comments regarding his belief in extraterrestrials as supercilious turds raised some eyebrows across the world. It’s Aykroyd’s contention that not only do aliens exist, they’ve visited Earth and formed a pretty low opinion of humanity. As Aykroyd explained, aliens keep their distance “because we are a violent species. They don’t want anything to do with us. They watch us.”
That comment might have gone down a little bit smoother had Aykroyd not chased this (pretty rational) opinion with, “There were two white orbs over (New) Jersey when the second tower went down on 9/11. They were on CNN for about two minutes… They never showed it again.” Unfortunately for Aykroyd, such a specific example makes him come across less as a UFO enthusiast and more as the chief occupant of crazy town.
Now, to be clear, Aykroyd’s belief in extraterrestrials isn’t nuts. In fact, insanity would be to believe that in the entirety of the vast cosmos, there is no other intelligent life. The Universe is simply too big for there not to be some semblance of life beyond Earth. It might not be the fancy, White House-exploding kind of alien, but life outside Earth most assuredly exists. So, Aykroyd doesn’t sound wacko because he believes in aliens. He sounds wacko because he claims to have seen them (and on more than one occasion).
Yet, who’s to say that Aykroyd’s sightings weren’t legitimate? Sure, they sound far-fetched, but so does Aykroyd’s hope that one day he’ll be “Turned into protons and sent to the next dimension, quickly and efficiently so I don’t leave a mess for people to clean up after I’m gone.” Simply because few of us have run across a ghost or an alien doesn’t mean that Aykroyd’s fervent belief in their existence should be mocked. After all, if you were an alien, who would you rather present yourself to, a redneck from the boonies, or the man who wrote “The Blues Brothers”? Seems like a pretty easy decision.