Sure they're real. This week, as any other week, they'll be whatever they need to be to regain the trust of the rubes one more time to screw them all over again.
The problem with pod people declaring themselves real at the core is that they have no core and no reality. They are infinitely malleable shapeshifters who conform to whatever is supposed to be the dominant standard of the hour.
If "honesty" is being promoted as a virtue again, then they'll present themselves as "honest" - in the queer stilted fashion they think resembles their interpretation of what an "honest person" would talk and act like. Last week they were bashing Christianity, this week they'll extoll the Christian virtue of honesty and plain speaking if that appears to secure the trust of others. Until next week, anyway.