Science | June 25, 2021 3:55 pm

Why the Guy Who Created “The X-Files” Is Cynical About the Government’s UFO Report

Is the truth out there?

Executive Producer Chris Carter poses in front of a crashed UFO at a premiere episode screening of FOX's "The X-Files" at The Grove on January 22, 2016 in Los Angeles, California
Chris Carter created "The X-Files," so he's been a magnet for alien conspiracies.

Before long, the people of the United States might end up learning a lot more about what the government knows about unidentified flying objects. Speculation around what the government’s report will include has covered plenty of ground, from secret military hardware to revelations about the existence of aliens. It’s like something out of an episode of The X-Files. Though in this case, the actual creator of The X-Files is offering a note of skepticism.

In a new article for The New York Times, Chris Carter offered his take on the impending release of the government’s UFO report. “Answers are promised,” writes Carter. “But answers are always promised.”

Carter shares something that won’t surprise many people: when you create a show that deals with aliens and government conspiracies, a lot of people will tell you about their experience with UFOs. “For a decade I became a magnet for this stuff,” Carter notes, going on to remind his readers about a number of government conspiracies in recent history.

For Carter, nothing short of “definitive proof” of the existence of aliens or the origins of UFOs will sway the general public. Why? As he phrases it, conspiracy theories have become even more widespread than in the heyday of The X-Files. “Rigorous science and scientists are castigated and vilified,” he writes. “Rigorous journalism is decried as fake news.” The stuff of one decade’s pop thrills are the making of another’s cause for alarm, evidently.