The conspiracy theory that Area 51 is home to alien life, UFOs and extraterrestrial technology has floated around for a few decades now. But it seems like the creation of popular Facebook event page “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us” has placed a newfound focus on the rural area, which is seated approximately 80 miles north of Las Vegas.
To date, “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us” has garnered more than 2 million RSVPs from Facebook users, all vowing to participate in a raid of Area 51 on Sept. 20th. The ultimate goal: truly determining if the government is hiding extraterrestrial life from the public eye.
Who truly knows if people are taking the event seriously or not, but the event’s creator, Matty Roberts, does not want anyone to actually follow-through with raiding Area 51 — a training range for the U.S. Air Force.
In an interview with NPR, Roberts reveals that he didn’t think the event would blossom into anything more than a meme, and is currently trying to dissuade people from carrying out the raid.
“When I posted the original event, I wasn’t intending for anything to actually happen. It was a meme that I was going to post on a meme page because I thought it was funny, kind of cheeky. It was like tongue-in-cheek — almost serious, but not really. And then it just completely took off, so now I’m in kind of damage control mode,” Roberts said.
Regardless if people think it’s a joke or not, the U.S. Air Force, along with Nevada law enforcement, have encouraged citizens to stay away from Area 51. Roberts echoes their sentiments, citing that attempting to enter the area, patrolled by armed guards, is illegal and extremely unsafe.
“I’m really trying to direct people away from actually going towards the military base because that both is dangerous, and it’s a national security threat. And I don’t really want anybody out there getting hurt or really presenting a threat to the American government, you know? So I’m trying to direct people towards the safer option of just going to one of these mini parties that’s being set up.
For those of you who are not interested in jeopardizing both your safety and freedom, but still would like to take a light-hearted look into paranormal life, it looks like there’s another way for you to accomplish that — YouAreAnAlien.Com.
Simply put, the site uses facial recognition to determine if a person is an alien or not. To find out, all you have to do is upload a picture of yourself and you’ll be informed if you’re linked to one of 13 extraterrestrial species. Even if it’s not accurate, I guess it’s a lot safer than participating in an illegal raid on a military base.
Check out YouAreAnAlien.Com when you get a second, and make sure you stay the hell away from Area 51. Word to Matty Roberts.