Over one million people join the satirical ‘Storm Area 51’ event
Over one million people have joined the satirical Facebook event to “storm Area 51” on 20 September at 3:00am.
The Facebook event, which was created by the anonymous administrators of the public meme page Shitposting cause im in shambles and Twitch streamer SmyleeKun, is titled Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All Of Us.
The description of the event says: “If we naruto run, we can run faster than their bullets.
“Lets see them aliens.”
Jackson Barnes, a Facebook user who is ‘going’ to the event, formulated a “game plan” to storm Area 51.
“Kyles form the front line… Then the Rock Throwers will throw pebbles at the inevitable resistance… the two naruto runner battallions will run full speed around the north and south flank,” he wrote.
He added: “P.S. 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.
“To anyone actually thinking of storming area 51, there isn’t any UFO’s or anything of extraterrestrial origin there its a research base.”
The Storm Area 51 event has sparked several memes online.
Although the event is satirical in nature, the US Air Force says it “stands ready” to defend Area 51, should anyone actually go through with the plan.
“We would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces,” a spokesperson for the Air Force told the Washington Post.
“The [US] Air Force always stands ready to protect to protect America and its assets.”
OPINION: This is internet and meme culture at its finest
The Storm Area 51 event is internet and meme culture at its finest.
The far-fetched nature of it all, the mass of memes — it’s brilliant.
Personally, I love it and have been enjoying scrolling through Twitter everyday to stumble across these memes more so than any other meme… perhaps apart from the Keanu Reeves memes because they’re breathtaking.
It just brings people together, and I think that is a lovely thing.
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