Area 51: they can’t stop all of us


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Area 51, a well known highly classified military air force base located in Lincoln County Nevada, has been a mystery for decades now. The government installation has been the center of numerous alien and extraterrestrial conspiracies which gained popularity in 1947 after an unidentified flying object crashed in the desert of Roswell, New Mexico. Many believed that the object was of extraterrestrial origin, but the US military claimed that it was merely a crashed weather balloon, but this story did not coincide with the way the government handled the situation. Many believe the contents of the object were transferred to area 51 where it was reverse-engineered and used for military purposes. Though the government denies having found anything extra-terrestrial, the people want answers.

During the early summer, a Facebook post was put out with the title, “ Storm Area 51, They can’t stop all of us,” and immediately the post went viral. After the post went viral the creator, 21-year old college student Matty Roberts, was interviewed by many different news sources. When asked about why he created the event, he explained that he, “Thought it would be funny for the meme page.” He was also afraid to reveal his identity to news outlets, saying, “ the FBI is going to show up at my house.” 

The event was set for September 20th, 2019 and over two million people replied to the post and counted themselves into the raid. Although Roberts intentions were only meant for his post to be a joke, people began to take it very seriously. Many social media users spread awareness and then memes regarding the event began to infest the media. 

Once September 20th arrived the raid turned from the storming of a military base to a festival dubbed “Alienstock” that revolved around the conspiracies that surround the military installment and was attended by a few thousand people instead of a couple million. People showed up wearing alien-themed costumes and tin foil hats to prevent any government mind control devices. Although thousands of people attended, very few got injured or detained by police and not a single fatality occurred, though several people left with minor injuries and one man almost died due to dehydration and had to be treated by festival medics. Though no one actually raided area 51 those that attended hope to make “Alienstock” a yearly festival and increase the size of the event, next year.