US Military Advises People To Maybe Not Storm Area 51 For The Meme
The “storm Area 51” meme has gotten so big that a representative of the US Military had to comment on it.
Over the past week, a new meme has enveloped the internet. Streamer SmyleeKun created a Facebook event proposing to “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us.” They theorized that if thousands of people swarmed Area 51 at once, at least some people could locate the “aliens” inside.
“We will all meet up at the Area 51 Alien Center tourist attraction and coordinate our entry,” the event says. “If we naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets. Let’s see them aliens.” Since then, many people have drawn diagrams of the invasion “strategy.”
Area 51 has long been the butt of internet jokes for its reputation among conspiracy theorists as a home of alien secrets. As such, most people understand that this is a joke. But because the event has over one million attendees, there’s little doubt that some intense jokesters and conspiracy theorists may show up at the military base on the scheduled date. Some users have even posted photos of their plane tickets.
Due to the extensive scope of the meme, the US Military politely reminded everyone that they have guns. “[Area 51] is an open training range for the US Air Force,” said Air Force spokesperson Laura McAndrews, “and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces.
“The US Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets,” she added.
Even the famed conspiracy theorist Bob Lazar, who claims to have worked with aliens as a former government employee, dissuaded people from entering the base. “The last time someone tried to get into Area 51, he was shot,” Lazar said. To be fair, Lazar proposes that the real alien material is at site S-4, not Area 51.
Still, it’s probably best to perceive this event how it was intended to be: a joke.