Thanks to the power of shitposting, an event called “Storm Area 51, They can’t Stop All of Us”, initially created as a joke, has gone viral and now has more than 600,000 people willing to be a part of the raid.
The United States Air Force facility, commonly known as Area 51, is a highly classified detachment of Edwards Air Force Base in Nevada. The high level of secrecy surrounding the base has led to many conspiracy theories about its purpose. Many believe it’s to study and interact with extra-terrestrial life – Aliens, however, its primary function is currently unknown.
Recently, an event was created on Facebook calling out people to “Storm Area 51” and “see them aliens”. Organized by the administrators of a meme page, “Shitposting cause im in shambles”, and a Twitch video game streamer named SmyleeKun, the event now has more than 600,000 RSVPs.
According to the description, attendees are to “meet up at the Area 51 Alien Center tourist attraction and coordinate their entry” at 3am Pacific time on 20th September. The main goal is to break into the heavily guarded facility and expose that US government “houses and researches alien technology”.
The main idea is if the mass “Naruto Runs” – referring to a style of running from a long-running anime Naruto- into the base, the guards wouldn’t be able to stop them, and they’ll successfully break in. The event description said, “If we Naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets. Let’s see them aliens”.
“Naruto Run” isn’t the only proposed way to break into the 5000 square mile desert site. Throwing rocks and nagging the guards with “can I speak to your manager” questions have earned a high place on the to-do list as well.
A game plan was also shared on the event’s Facebook wall/newsfeed. It featured a poorly drawn map of Area 51 with instructions explaining how it will go down. The post asks for participants to join as “Naruto Runners”, “Rock Throwers” or “Kyles” – referring to another meme.
Along with the details of the invasion, the caption on the post read, “Hello US government, this is a joke, and I do not actually intend to go ahead with this plan. I just thought it would be funny and get me some thumbsy uppies on the internet, I’m not responsible if people decide to actually storm area 51”.
The event is obviously meant as a joke given the barbed wire and heavily armed guards surrounding the facility. It would be a very dumb choice if people actually decide to follow through.
TheAviationist.com, a military aviation website, told a local company that offers tours up to the edge of Area 51, that any attempt to reach the army base would be “very stupid”. Donna Tryon is reported to have said, “Area 51 is not a joke. No matter what is going on there, people need to remember, this is a military facility. You wouldn’t get far.”
The website also gives a detailed account of an incident of trespassing where the company’s driver unintentionally crossed over into the restricted area and ended up getting arrested, along with the tourists. People have also reported to having “red dots” appear on their forehead when in vicinity of the base.
It’s clear that US army should not be messed with. Let’s hope no one actually shows up to raid the facility!
Since the event was created as a joke and for the basic purpose of “memes”, many such pictures have emerged on the internet. Twitter, Instagram and Facebook are flooding with jokes referring to the invasion of the army facility.