Lovable E.T., A Bad Guy?

“E.T. Is NOT a bad guy.” my husband says when he arrives home to see me scribbling furiously on the iPad.

“Depends on your politics. For some people all aliens are bad guys.” I reply

“That’s a stretch.” He says.

At the very core of this art series I’m asking ‘what is the nature of villainy?’ Yes, it’s a cheeky style, but there are deep thoughts to be thunk if you dig down enough.

We live in a divisive time and illegal immigrants (or aliens) are, for many folks of the republican persuasion, unwanted and their hardships evoke zero sympathy. But every person is someone’s baby. We all want a better life for our children.

The bodies of Salvadoran migrant Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his 23-month-old daughter, Valeria, are seen June 24, 2019, after they drowned in the Rio Grande in Matamoro, Mexico, while trying to reach the United States. (CNS/Reuters)

This photo above depicts two humans who died tragically and their illegal “alien“ status does not make, them, or their tragedy less profound.

Not convinced? Consider how we treat the aliens among us? As I drew E.T. I marveled at how his wrinkly skin was so much like an elephant’s.

In most places in the world we no longer have to hunt for food… but now we do it for sport.

Elephants are intelligent animals who mourn their dead, but because we can’t communicate with them they are considered lesser beings.

Most Christian religions claim animals do not have souls. They exist only for our use.

What if the day arrived and we were able to communicate with some of the more intelligent species on our planet? Would they be given rights? How do you imagine they’d feel about humanity?

Who are the real villains?

BITTY BADDIES E.T. by Jody Parmann

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