(Gray News) - This article has been updated to reflect the new numbers of as July 19. It was originally posted on July 12, 2019.
The event on Facebook jokingly encourages people to storm Area 51 to learn the truth if there are aliens there because "they can't stop us all." / Source: MGN
A Twitch celebrity has created a joke Facebook event to storm Area 51 on Sept. 20, and
nearly over 500,000 1.7 million people have joined. That's a massive number of people (jokingly) committed to one Facebook event. And it's all in an effort to "see them aliens." (Another 500,000 1.3 million people are just "interested" in the event.)
To clarify - Twitch is a streaming platform for gamers and Area 51 is a secret military base that many believe housed an alien spacecraft that crashed on Earth. (See: 1996?s "Independence Day," any "X-Files" episode about the conspiracy, "Mars Attacks" or myriad other pop culture references.)
The event "Storm Area 51, They Can't Stop All of Us" has a plan of attack that sends in "rock throwers," "people armed to the teeth," and "anti-vaxxers" before the "rest of us sneak in safely." It also says, if they Naruto run they can move faster than the guards' bullets. What's a Naruto run you ask? Basically, running really fast like a Japanese anime character. (See it in real-life action here.)
The event is full of alien memes, people asking about the food truck situation for the event, and suggested SnapChat filters. (Now you know why your Facebook friend has been posting so much about Area 51.)
While the "event" appears to be all in good fun, it should be noted that, according to NBC News, the U.S. Air Force is aware of the Facebook post.
Fox Mulder would be proud.
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