If you only know the term “Men in Black” from the Will Smith movie, you should know that the mythology of the MiB predates it by decades. According to paranormal researchers, particularly UFO believers and conspiracy buffs, men dressed in black clothing show up after an encounter with the unknown. They’re either government agents or entities posing as government agents, who make vague threats and attempt to intimidate people into keeping quiet about what they saw.
“It’s like the Will Smith movie, but with less mind-erasing and more summary executions.”
They’re always dressed in neatly tailored black suits, drive large, black cars and often seem otherworldly or somehow not human.
MIBs were introduced into the public consciousness by way of a UFO researcher named Gray Barker. Barker was a credible journalist — and by “credible journalist” we mean the exact opposite of both of those things.
Apparently the Blues Brothers are involved somehow.
Turns out, Gray Barker was actually a closet skeptic, and tended to refer to his UFO writings as “kookie books.” In fact, he frequently played pranks on other UFOlogists because he felt like they were taking things too seriously. After his death, his own sister called him out for mostly being interested in cash, saying he once told her, “There’s good money in it.”
That’s a man who’s not revealing what’s happening to his lower half at that precise moment.
Barker based his book about Men in Black on interviews with UFOlogists who had simply claimed to have been visited by government agents who asked them to take it down a notch. This might not actually be far from the truth. At the time, the government didn’t want people getting too worked up over UFOs because they knew the craft were actually experimental spy planes, like the U-2 spy plane.
“Man, that’s not a UFO either. Guess we still haven’t found what we’re looking for.”
To further impugn Barker’s record, he and his friend James Moseley once got their hands on some blank government stationery and sent a hoax letter to a fellow UFOlogist.
“The alien king of Xibitu has recently come into a great sum of money and needs my help?”
Then in 1970, he published a book titled The Silver Bridge, an account of the “Mothman” sightings in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, which he admitted to his friend John Sherwood contained fictitious and exaggerated accounts. Five years later, UFOlogist John Keel based his book The Mothman Prophecies (which became a film starring Richard Gere) heavily on Barker’s book and prank phone calls Barker made to Keel. That’s right, the Mothman was invented by Barker, too. Holy shit, we wouldn’t be surprised to learn that he invented Bigfoot.