"Mothership" Over London: Another Hoax?
Really, it seems that I cannot keep up with all of the reports and videos of amazing UFO sightings that have happened so far in 2011. Under normal circumstances I’d pounce on a report of an amazing daylight sighting over one of the most famous cities on the planet. But I’m becoming jaded.
This is not to say that my enthusiasm for the truth about extra-terrestrials has dwindled. Not at all. It’s just that there have been so many hoaxes and frauds and outrageous fabrications… I instantly put my guard up when someone proclaims that they’ve just captured or seen the most compelling UFO video ever. Because it rarely is. People have been hoaxing UFO photos and videos forever. The fakes used to be easier to spot because they used crude tools like fishing wire and pie tins. With the advent of digital video manipulation and now that it is commonplace for the average Joe to have a basic understanding of Photoshop, the waters are muddy.
Let’s have a look at the latest video to create a stir in the UFO community (and everywhere else, for that matter).
So, what precisely are we looking at here? As difficult as it is, let’s try to keep this in perspective. First of all, most of us saw this video after it was labeled as a “Mothership and Fleet”. This creates a bias before looking at the vid. It makes us say… “Oh yeah! Ok, there’s the mommy and there’s her little baby UFOs!” But could we be looking at something else here? I don’t know. I don’t think it could be birds with light reflecting off of them, just based on the movements. Balloons? Remember, we’ve been fooled by balloons before.
More likely, in my opinion, this is a fake. It actually screams fake. First of all, the randomness of it is suspect. Some guy is just filming his walk down the street, and then he rushes toward a corner where spectators are gathered. I don’t know about you, but I don’t make it a habit of charging toward groups of people unless I know them, even if they do seem to be looking at something. Notice how he makes sure that we the viewer see that there are people looking at the sky before he himself starts filming the sky. Also, the spectators seem so… planted. I get a kick out of the guy casually crossing the street while on the phone who stops in his tracks to look at the sky. You gotta love how that happened just as the camera man was pointing at the gathering.
As far as the UFOs themselves, I would imagine that they would be relatively easy to fake. Nondescript white orbs of light floating about against a blue sky. Their movements look like CGI to me, or some kind of fakery. Just like the famous “Dome of the Rock” videos, sometimes when something seems to good to be true, it probably is. That one appeared phony to me as well.
I am no expert, but there is really nothing about the London Mothership video that looks legit to me. Some are speculating that it could even be a viral marketing campaign for upcoming sci-fi television shows or films.
But maybe this is just the opinion of a jaded old UFO enthusiast who’s eyes and patience have grown weary from years of looking at grainy photos and shaky videos. I’m open to what you all think.