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Are you a fan of Reality TV shows involving the obscenely-rich & famous? Hardly the kind of question you’d expect to find at The Grail, I know –We all have our guilty pleasures, don’t we?– because if you are, then you might have seen the latest episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, in which the celebrity family took a little road trip adventure to the (now officially acknowledged) Area 51, with Open Mind’s Alejandro Rojas & Travis Walton –yes, THE Fire in the Sky Travis Walton!— as their chaperones.

In the video below, Rojas explains how this surreal juxtaposition of the mundane & the other-worldly came about, and his overall opinion of rubbing elbows with the Beverly Hills jet set. You’ll also hear why Walton decided to go along for the ride as well:

Personally, I don’t know if looking for more exposition to the UFO phenomenon by way of involvement with celebrities is such a good idea. After all, it’s not as if there aren’t plenty of famous actors & singers willing to publicly reveal their interest in the topic; but has that had any actual impact in the overall acceptance of UFOs in our culture? At the end of the day, most of these individuals haven’t attained their popularity & lofty status because of their opinions …or even their intelligence.

And there’s also the risk that having a celebrity on your team can seriously backfire –just ask Stuart Stevens, one of the top advisers in Mitt Romey’s presidential campaign in 2012. Empty chair anyone?

Then again, I’ve always been of the opinion that one of the main problems with UFOlogy as a movement, is that it tends to take itself too damn seriously. Sure, a show like Keeping Up… is hardly Emmy winning material, but it helps to give a lighter & more approachable aspect to the phenomenon, and who knows? maybe it would even prompt some N00bies to search about the subject as a bonus.

Hey, at least there weren’t any night-vision scenes involved, right?