The Brief: Over 1.3 million people have RSVP'd to a Facebook event to "storm Area 51" to "see them aliens" on September 20, inspiring a range of reactions from celebrities and even the U.S. military.

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Over 1.3 million people have RSVP’d to a Facebook event titled “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us.” This widely-memed supposed event has received attention from celebrities, mainstream media outlets, and the United States Airforce.

U.S. Air Force Response

As the Facebook event gains more traction, the U.S. Air Force responded. A spokeswoman from the Air Force told the Washington Post that it is “ready to protect America and its assets”.

Even after many people have clarified that this event is a joke, the spokeswoman said that “[Area 51] is an open training range for the US Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces.”

Is This For Real?

Although this event started as a mere joke, hotels near Area 51 have reportedly been receiving a significant uptick in reservations for September 20th. Although a group of over 1 million Kyles actually “Naruto running” into a high-security military facility seems far-fetched (and extremely ill-advised), the hype around the supposed Area 51 raid has yet to die down. However, as The Daily Show host Trevor Noah joked “a million people aren’t going to storm Area 51. A million people responded on Facebook, which means seven people are going to storm Area 51.”

The Celeb Internet Response

It comes as no surprise that several celebrities have jumped on the Area 51 meme bandwagon, hashtagging their tweets and posts with #Area51 or #Area51Raid. In other cases, fans are speaking out on behalf of their fave celebs.

Keanu Reeves stans are hoping for an appearance from John Wick, himself. One person went as far as altering an older Snap from Keanu Reeves’ Snapchat to include “Area 51” in the text.

Chuck Norris received the faux-Snap treatment, too:

Miley Cyrus FTW:

Danny Trejo:

Lil Nas X:

Could this mean an intergalactic “Old Town Road” remix?

Beauty Vlogger Jeffree Star:

Viral yodeling sensation, Mason Ramsey:

Kevin Jonas:

TikTok #Area51

TikTokers are on top of their game when it comes to Area 51 memes. The hashtag #area51 has received over 245 million views on the app.




“They Can’t Stop All Of Us”

Some people have pointed out how this momentum for collective action could be used for purposes other than “seeing them aliens”…

Area 51 Memes

Some conspiracy theory posts about Area 51 including a Lisa Simpson presenting meme:

This Let Me In meme shows the sacrifices some students are willing to make for a glimpse of aliens:

This Spider-Man meme:

People making plans for their exit strategy:

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