These days people have absolutely no limit when it comes to speaking their mind. Just a little push from their social media followers and they’d go ahead and do the stupidest thing possible.
And thanks to the internet the whole world goes in on it and becomes an audience.
The latest thing to hit every social media and news platform is the plan people are making to raid the Area 51.
A little satirical post on Facebook is now so famous that more than 600,000 people are gearing up to raid one of the most secretive US governmental facilities.
For years, Area 51, a facility at the US Air Force base in Lincoln County, Nevada has been surrounded by controversies.
There are conspiracy theories about how the US government is hiding secret information regarding aliens and UFOs in this particular facility.
Invading Area 51 the Modern Way.
Just a few days ago, a Facebook event “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of US” became viral.
And in no time more than 600,000 people have signed up to raid Area 51 to “see them aliens”.
While it is deeply concerning how people are taking a joke so seriously, it’s hilarious at the same time. Especially all the memes that have been popping here and there.
And the laughter doesn’t just stop there.
Apparently, all the people that have signed up to invade Area 51 have a very specific way to do it.
They’re all gearing up to do the “Naruto Run” to raid the secret facility on September 20. It is how Naruto Uzumaki from the Japanese manga “Naruto” runs, stretching his arms behind and lowering his head down.
“We can move faster than their bullets,” is what the event page says.
It is very clear that it’s just a meme content someone created for fun, not realizing that it would go this far.
Honestly, being a meme freak myself, I haven’t seen anything else than Area 51 memes since last week.
But what triggered this movement was the news that the U.S. Pentagon is launching a brand new program for the military to report UFO encounters.
It’s always fascinating to know whether we’re the only ones living in this vast universe. So there is no doubt that people need answers about whether or not there is alien life out there.
And since Area 51 has been forever surrounded with conspiracies about the U.S. government hiding aliens and UFOs, it builds up more curiosity.
Why is this a bad idea?
As much as everyone knows it’s a joke, there are a faint possibility people showing up at the gates on September 20. Given how people take jokes literally these days, I won’t be surprised if they do.
And if you’re one of those brave “modern-day soldiers” who aren’t afraid to lose their life in search of answers, by all means, go ahead, go “see them, aliens”.
But the US Air Force isn’t really happy with the idea. They’ve sent out a warning saying “We would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces.”
Clearly, it is a bad idea that you’d want to raid Area 51, especially doing the “Naruto run”.
And if you’re asking “why?”, well for starters, you could die.
This isn’t the first time someone tried breaking in, and it didn’t end well for any of them.
Us law forbids people from trespassing not just Area 51 but any other US military bases.
It is illegal for any person to enter any military installation for any purpose without permission according to Section 1382 of Title 18.
This includes military, naval, or coast guard reservation, post, fort, arsenal, yard, station, or installation.
And since Area 51 is a detachment of Edwards Air Force Base within the Nevada Test and Training Range, it also falls under the same category.
If anyone is found guilty of breaking the law, they’re subject to six months imprisonment, $500 fine. And in some cases, both.
Is it Worth the Meme?
Military bases have certain areas where the officials are allowed to use deadly force.
And Area 51 is one of those areas where there are clear signs saying “No Trespassing: Use of Deadly Force Authorized,” it’s really not a good idea to even think of doing it.
Because military generals have the power to “shoot on sight” if anyone tries to trespass restricted areas. And Area 51 is no different.
You might not get killed if you’re not posing any threat. But if you don’t follow orders or show up with, for instance, “a cylindrical object in-hand,” like a man in January 2019, there is a high chance that the guards will shoot you.
Therefore, while the memes are funny, raiding Area 51 isn’t a bright idea and definitely not worth the memes.