You may have come across a number of Area 51 jokes and memes on both Facebook and Twitter and wondered what the whole thing is about. Well, to catch you up, someone created an event on Facebook dubbed, “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us” back in June 27th.
The event’s purpose is to simply “see them aliens”. In the description, the creators of the event are calling participants to “meet up at the Area 51 Alien Center tourist attraction and coordinate our entry. If we naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets.”
Naruto run is a reference to a Japanese anime ninja character, as seen below:
Those who don’t know, there are conspiracy theories that Area 51 is where the U.S. military interacts with alien life in one way or another, either by actually studying the aliens themselves or studying their technology including spaceships.
Of course, all these are unconfirmed theories but it’s all due to the mystery surrounding the area seeing that the U.S. military has kept the happenings of the base under wraps.
Back to the matter at hand, what started out as a joke, quickly caught on and now 1.9 million people have signed up as attendants t the Area 51 raid with an additional 1.4 million interested in it. As much as the creator of the page, Matty Roberts has publicly termed the event as a terrible joke that he did not anticipate would catch on this much. He says he is afraid that the FBI will be after him.
It’s not just Matty who is worried, the United States Military has also spoken out on the whole event. Speaking with The Washington Post on Friday, Air Force spokeswoman Laura McAndrews said, “[Area 51] is an open training range for the U.S. Air Force and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces. The U.S. Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets.”
So, as much as the majority of the people who claim to attend the event are aware that it’s all a joke, there’s the chance that some people might actually show up and those are the ones whose lives we fear for.