Earlier this week, a Facebook event was created with a plan to meet up and overrun “Area 51” to “see them aliens.” The event, which was titled “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us,” is to take place on September 20 with over half a million people claiming they will be there, even if the Air Force is trying to discourage them.
As a result, the United States Air Force issued a statement to those planning on storming the base that seemingly harbors classified material.
“[Area 51] is an open training range for the US Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces,” Air Force spokesperson Laura McAndrews said. “The US Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets.”
The Air Force’s response came after thousands of people claimed they would be attending the event. The organizer of the event described how they plan to storm a military base. “We will all meet up at the Area 51 Alien Center tourist attraction and coordinate our entry,” the event’s description reads.
The event page also added: “If we Naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets. Lets [sic] see them [sic] aliens.” According to the Daily Mail, a man who was hunting for aliens around Area 51 was shot and killed by a guard earlier this year in January.
Originally, in 1955, Area 51 was founded as a test site where the military began testing the Lockheed U-2 reconnaissance plane, which at the time was considered a “UFO,” CNET reported. That, and the numerous UFO sightings seen around the area at that time, began the rumors that Area 51 was an Alien hotspot/hub.
The conspiracy theorists have longed claimed that the base was harboring alien life after a UFO allegedly crashed in Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947. Military officials argued the event was a crashed weather balloon, but few believed them.
The tongue-and-check Facebook event started as a meme but the internet took the event over and ran with it. Obviously, few, if any, will show up at the predesignated place in September because that’s how it works when people RSVP an event ahead of time.
Oh, and not to mention they plan to rush a military base with armed guards. Probably not.