The comic idea to rescue aliens from the base has become a large-scale Internet activity, which has already reached the military.
On September 20, 2019, the assault on “Zone 51”, an American military base famous for theories that the authorities keep UFOs and experiment on aliens, was appointed. How to find out the truth once and for all? Facebook decided that the best way is to run in a crowd to the object (after all, “they will not shoot everyone”) and see for themselves whether the aliens are there or not.
Of course, this is just a comic event, launched in social networks by a small meme-community. But every day the situation is increasingly out of control. To storm the base has already caused more than a million Facebook users. This is many times more than during the first material on this topic.
What initially was a local joke of a small group , has grown into one of the most large-scale Internet activities of the summer. The New York Times writes about a hypothetical assault , in social networks they come up with realistic plans for an attack on the base, and representatives of the US Air Force have to answer questions about a possible attack.
The main driving force of the movement with the assault on “Zone 51” is memes. They were published in the original Facebook meeting, where the idea of a mass attack originated, but in two weeks the jokes filled Reddit and Twitter. Most often, users represent two developments of the situation: first, in reality, a couple of dozen people arrive at the storming of the base instead of a million, to the surprise of the guards in Nevada, a crowd of fans of aliens is really going.
In one variation of the jokes, users began to guess what awaits them inside the military base, which is actually a testing ground for reconnaissance aircraft.
On Twitter, popular bloggers joined the fun, supporting a comic idea of storming a military base in Nevada.
So when we storming Area 51? pic.twitter.com/NSDdpbOBdB— Jacksepticeye (@Jack_Septic_Eye) 13 July 2019
So when do we storm Zone 51?
I’ll personally pay $1,000,000 to the 1st person to bring me a Alien 👽 & ( RT ) Area 51 Raid! pic.twitter.com/LJXB7PZx5Y— KEEM 🍿 (@KEEMSTAR) 14 July 2019
I will personally pay a million dollars to someone who gets me an alien from Zone 51.
Hey, you. You’re finally awake. You were trying to storm Area 51, right? Walked right into that Department of Defense ambush, same as us, and that Naruto runner over there. pic.twitter.com/391aqTjwzz— Noisy Pool Noodle @ AC (@OtterChipo) 14 July 2019
You finally woke up. We tried to storm “Zone 51”, remember? Came straight to the ambush, like the rest
I send my alien from Zone 51 to a wine and liquor store
Aliens walking out of area 51 pic.twitter.com/VvkrMgn1WH— adam (@AdamF224) 14 July 2019
The newcomers are leaving the “Zone 51”
A separate mini-meme was a picture of an alien on the threshold of the room. In social networks, they imagined that this was an alien, whom they had taken from the base, and now he behaves like a child or a pet.
my alien i took from area 51 watching me cry myself to sleep pic.twitter.com/8d2KQJwPC9— LC☆ (@ElsieWashhh) 12 July 2019
My stranger is watching me crying before bed
My alien that I snuck out of Area 51 waking me up at 3AM to ask me how to use the microwave pic.twitter.com/9GuKW2WN30— Junior (@igxjunior) 12 July 2019
My stranger, whom I took from the “Zone 51”, wakes me up at three in the morning and asks how to use the microwave.
My alien that I snuck out of area 51 asking for the WiFi password pic.twitter.com/cjFg5JPcUi— Whos Chaos (@WhosChaos) 12 July 2019
My newcomer from “Zone 51” asks for a password from WiFi
My alien asking me if he can go outside to play with his other alien friends after Area 51's been raided pic.twitter.com/nIcwpdBFIG— Roonil Wazlib (@jodibwithoutane) 12 July 2019
My stranger asks if he can play with other aliens who were also taken from Zone 51.
My alien I stole from Area 51 waking me up at 3am to to ask if I have games on my phone pic.twitter.com/IqON9EvaqW— heritance (@myheritance) 12 July 2019
An alien I picked up from Zone 51 wakes me up at three in the morning and asks if I have games on my phone.
Despite the joke of the venture, as the creators of the Facebook page have repeatedly said, the plans for the assault became more realistic with each passing day. It all started with running in the style of Naruto and stones.
so here’s the master plan to our invasion on Area 51— 💼🤠 FLUKE FLAZER 🤠💼 (@dukeblazer) 11 July 2019
(please don’t tell the government) pic.twitter.com/p0z4fsDEYi
But now the plans are more “tactical.”
A detailed blueprint on how we plan to storm Area 51 pic.twitter.com/lezQE4xLzU— juan ひ (@txjuannn) 11 July 2019
True, the forums dismantled the real chances of the attackers and came to the conclusion that they are simply not there, even if on September 20 a million supporters of a joke attack gathered around the base. Firstly, it is unlikely that any of them have experience in coordinating such a large army, and the tactic of “running ahead” will not give any advantages. Secondly, “Area 51” is clearly built so that, if necessary, keep a long defense or go underground.
Thirdly, on the most “bloody” day in the history of the United States, 23,000 people were killed on the territory of the country – this happened in the Battle of Entity during the Civil War. It is unlikely that the government will go to the new “records”, even to keep secrets about aliens.
All this – not counting the huge distances, complex terrain, several defense perimeters, hundreds of military and other factors that preclude the assault. At the same time, representatives of the USAF just in case warned that they were aware of the “assault” and would be ready for any “guests”.
“Area 51” is a training ground for the US Air Force, and we would not advise anyone to try to get into the area where we train our specialists. The USAF is always ready to defend America.
Laura Mcandrews US Air Force spokesman
Some publications issued ironic instructions on how to get to Nevada in September and where to stop there. And, it seems, not in vain: Connie West, the owner of the Little A’Le’Inn Hotel, not far from Zone 51, told the media that the phone was torn from the calls of potential guests. All questions – about September 20, 2019.
West added that she would not be surprised if someone really tried to enter the territory of a military base. But she hopes that this will not happen – yet the assault is better to remain just a meme.