Human Meme 'Ancient Aliens' Host Says Extraterrestrials Created God After Leaving Earth
Since his original appearance on the History Channel's Ancient Aliens, Giorgio Tsoukalos' squinting, wild-haired face has been plastered across the internet, caught in the now infamous freeze-frame with the caption "ALIENS."
He's become synonymous with ridiculous pseudo-science, half-baked history, and (of course) dubious theories about humanity's history with extraterrestrials.
Now, Tsoukalos has gone public with claims that humanity's problems and even religions are the results of encounters with aliens.
Speaking at this year's Contact in the Desert expo, an annual UFO conference held in California, Tsoukalos made two major claims in the vein of his old Ancient Aliens program:
"The reason that we're in the crap that we're in today is because of misunderstood technology. The reason we have religion today is because of misunderstood visits of extraterrestrials."
Over the course of a two-hour talk, Tsoukalos claimed that aliens with advanced technology were mistaken as gods with magical powers, and decries archaeologists for misinterpreting historical evidence of aliens as deities or magical beings created by superstitious ancient peoples.
In addition, Tsoukalos re-affirmed his belief that the world is indeed round, which places him in somewhat radical territory when it comes to the conspiracy community—last March, DIY rocketteer "Mad" Mike Hughes launched a homemade rocket 1,800 feet in the air as part of an ongoing project to prove the Earth is flat.
Tsoukalos was quoted as saying, "If the alien guy says that the Earth is round, trust me, it's round," apparently referencing himself.
Despite appearances on the Travel Channel and National Geographic, Tsoukalos' flagship series Ancient Aliens has been described as "mind-melting madness" by Brian Switek of Smithsonian Magazine, who called the episode that suggested aliens killed the dinosaurs "a slimy and incomprehensible mixture of idle speculation and outright fabrications."