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There are now over one million people and counting who have RSVP’ed as “going” (with nearly one million more interested) to the “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us” Facebook event scheduled for Sept. 20. To refresh your memory, the goal of the event is to purportedly raid the notoriously highly classified United States Air Force facility to between 3 and 6am. Naturally, this has led to a flood of Area 51 memes.
“We will all 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,” the creators of the event wrote in the description, referring to the titular character of the popular Japanese manga series who is known for running with his hands behind his back to decrease wind resistance. “Lets see them aliens.”
Let’s see them aliens, indeed.
On Friday, the Washington Post reached out to Air Force spokeswoman Laura McAndrews to gauge what would happen if people actually show up and try to break in. Although she could not provide specific details of the military’s plans for dealing with any potential rabble-rousers, she did issue a warning.
“[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,” McAndrews said. “The U.S. Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets.”
Well, this all sounds just fine. For better or worse, it seems as if there are enough people out there serious enough to make this a thing. And although the event itself is still over two months away, the internet is already chock full of memes to predict what might happen if the alien-obsessed are somehow able to carry out their mission.
Area 51 memes
For example, there’s that whole matter of storming the Area 51 site in the first place.
me and the boys on our way to sneak in Area 51 to save the aliens pic.twitter.com/1gfWjC6xHR— Michael Scott 📚 (@michaelgclump) July 14, 2019
He’s training to free the aliens at Area 51... pic.twitter.com/5oz1Q5rUZ6— Guy (@apiecebyguy) July 15, 2019
And God forbid they actually get in because as McAndrews stated above, government officials are not exactly going to welcome the hoards with open arms. In other words, they’re going to react.
me when one of the guards at area 51 try to stop me pic.twitter.com/4R3mfGM46z— nope (@LilNasX) July 13, 2019
Avoiding security at Area 51 like ... pic.twitter.com/R4fbD60pHd— MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) July 14, 2019
Me fighting against the CIA, FBI and the army trying to free aliens from area 51 pic.twitter.com/tutT7aOsHR— palkesh (@PalkeshMishra) July 12, 2019
And then there are those who are already getting ahead of themselves and imagining with memes what it’s going to be like hanging out and partying with aliens. Because after all that time locked up you’d think the little green men are gonna wanna blow off some steam, right?
Me showing up to Area 51 with iced coffees for all the aliens pic.twitter.com/wnBzUOWzB2— James Harness (@JamesHarness) July 13, 2019
The aliens from Area 51 tryna ask for directions after they join our civilization: pic.twitter.com/goBxgHcndQ— queen quen (@quenblackwell) July 14, 2019
Kevin Jonas even went so far as to joke about kicking off the Jonas Brothers’ “Happiness Begins” tour at the site:
Thankfully, not many people are looking for alien “MILFS,” as this person is:
He has spoken from memes
Storm Area 51 memes
Others are pointing out the possible downsides to breaking aliens out of Area 51 including but not limited to the imminent destruction of mankind.
Aliens walking out of area 51 pic.twitter.com/VvkrMgn1WH— adam (@AdamF224) July 14, 2019
The alien I got from area 51 waiting for me to get off twitter to tell me that he took a shit in the closet. pic.twitter.com/qlnpZ9K35s— Berrrootlikesmemeslol (@Berrrootlikesm1) July 15, 2019
the aliens from area 51 getting way too comfy in my house pic.twitter.com/iKK59GjfxY— alison (@sandowhat) July 12, 2019
Finally, people are making memes about eventually exiting Area 51, but—between the United States military and imaginably pissed off extraterrestrials—it’s uh, not looking good in most models.
Area 51 arrival from dankmemes
me looking over area 51 after all my homies died in the raid pic.twitter.com/IVGopUdLMm— Allen (@allenHyuga) July 14, 2019
Entering area 51— Aron (@GalarDab) July 14, 2019
Leaving area 51 pic.twitter.com/s7UZDB67xx
Folks, there’s a reason why most extraterrestrial movies don’t feature cute, Reese’s Pieces-loving aliens that seamlessly blend in with a closet full of a child’s stuffed toys. Stay safe out there in those Nevada streets.
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Stacey Ritzen is a reporter and editor based in West Philadelphia with over 10 years' experience covering pop culture, web culture, entertainment, and news. You can follow her on Twitter @staceyritzen.