“Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All Of Us”
by Celina Simmons
On Friday, September 20, an event was organized that had the potential to change everybody’s life. Luckily for the US government, it became one big meme.
What started off as a harmless joke on Facebook became a nationwide event. The Facebook event was created this past June by Matty Roberts, to raid Area 51
in a search for extraterrestrial life. The event was purely comedic, a joke between friends. But with the help of social media, the event went viral. “Who could have predicted this? You make a post at 2 AM with a page that has 62 likes, and now you have thousands of people that are ready to come out to your show… it’s absolutely amazing.” states Matty, just a day prior to the storming of Area 51 in an interview with a local Nevada news station.
Over 2 million people responded to the Facebook event saying that they were going and another 1.5 million respond- ed as interested. The event was called “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us” and it sounded pretty promising.
Just like you’d expect with our generation, the hype was just that- hype. Only 150 people actually showed up for the event and what could’ve been a monumental day turned into a group of people taking videos and throwing a little party outside the gates.
Roberts in no way intended for this to be taken so seriously. In fact, once
the Facebook event became so big, they disavowed responsibility for any actual attempts occurred and any casualties that could’ve followed. I’d call that a smart move, since three arrests were made for trespassing by the end of the evening.
OK, so maybe the raid was just a hoax from the beginning. But businesses across the country took advantage of the huge publicity it was receiving. In Nevada, two music festivals were planned for this date: Alienstock and Storm Area 51 Basecamp.
Frankly what I find most upsetting was that in contrast to the 150 people that actually showed up to Area 51, 1,500 people attended these festivals. I mean come on if those 1,500 people had actually gone to the raid what could’ve happened? And on another note, leave it to media, industries and businesses to find yet another way to distract people from the plans that the government wouldn’t tolerate. After all, big money companies work hand-in-hand.
I’m really not surprised by how the day turned out. It goes to show that most people tend to dream big and act small. If I had the money to fly out there, you can bet your sweet ass I would’ve been right up coming through those gates. I could have my own pet alien right now, but I guess my cat will just have to suffice.