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Van Alien

I figure if its good enough for near-the-top of The Drudge Report, then its good enough to mention here in The Rogues Gallery.

Rock star and former Van Halen lead singer Sammy Hagar says in recent interviews that he believes he was abducted by aliens – or at least his brain has been tapped by extraterrestrials. One has to pause and check to see at this point if Sammy is currently selling a book or a video or … let’s see .. and Lo And Behold! There’s his brand new book titled Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock. Pass.

No thanks, Sammy, those mind tricks don’t work on me. And sure enough, a cursory search online tells us that his alien fetish is actually old news. Check this out form 2004. Hagar’s accounts of his interaction with ET’s has been well sculpted for quite some time. The only difference between now and then seems to be … the book he’s selling!

Some of the things that Hagar is saying ranges from ‘pitiful misunderstandings’ to ‘right through the looking glass’. Here are a few samples:

 “That’s right, it was real, Aliens were plugged into me. It was a download situation. This was long before computers or any kind of wireless. There weren’t even wireless telephones. Looking back now, it was like, ‘F–k they downloaded something into me!’ Or they uploaded something from my brain, like an experiment, ‘See what this guy knows.’ “

“Either a download or an upload. They were tapped into my brain and the knowledge was transferred back and forth. I could see them and everything while it was happening … There was a visual involved, almost like…I don’t know, don’t get me going!”

“We lived out in the country and I saw this thing floating across a field, creating this big dust storm. I threw rocks at it and s–t. And I don’t know what happened after that …”

“I feel so scared and lonely to think we’re the only ones, when I know there’s something out there and someday they’ll come. People say there’s no other life in the universe. But you know how big the universe is? It’s freakin’ huge! If we’re really the only ones out there, that’s scarier to me than thinking there are aliens”

(source MTV Hive) 

Hagar has been very forthcoming about his paranormal worldview. He was on the show Celebrity Ghost Stories. He’s deep into mysticism, psychics, and numerology. Hagar is the prototypical true-believer, in that he is reality-challenged. Of all the articles online about Hagar’s paranormal tendencies, there is not a shred of evidence of science, logic, or critical thinking contained within his statements.  Sad.

Hagar certainly has the right to believe and express whatever he wants, but promoting wackiness in an attempt to help sell books is insulting, not to mention kind of sleazy. Expectations form the likes of a Sammy Hagar are not exactly lofty, so this is not surprising at all that he is taking this road. 

But most importantly, there can be real dangers whenever celebrity is used to push nonsense. Jenny McCarthy is the prime example of people getting harmed, so at least by comparison, Sammy’s words are, immediately speaking, benign.  At the same time, Hagar still contributes to the longer-term erosion of reality for some of his fans. Celebrities with access to audiences millions deep can have a very real effect on (in this case) contributing significantly to the public’s ignorance about all of these long-debunked and disproved notions. I doubt that Hagar’s words will sway many people into believing in anything paranormal.  However, any of Hagar’s fans that have a disposition to believe in the paranormal might galvinize their misunderstandings of the real world around us.

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