The Brief: Memes speculate about what will actually happen at tomorrow's Area 51 'raid' while officials seek to avoid any possible consequences of people gathering near the site and potentially attempting any kind of 'raid.'
On the eve of the Area 51 ‘Raid,’ many people are wondering if all the hype will manifest in any sort of IRL action or if this has all been a mere online phenomenon. As the Storm Area 51 Facebook event has racked up over 2 million RSVP’s, there has been an apparent divergence between memes about the so-called raid and what appears to actually be planned as an organized event.
The Storm Area 51 Facebook event has been changed to a page promoting the Official Alienstock Tour: a decentralized Area 51-themed tour that includes a Bud Light-sponsored party in Las Vegas on the night of September 19th. AlienStock, the music festival set to take place near Area 51 has been canceled, with organizers citing concerns of a “possible humanitarian disaster.” Towns adjacent to Area 51 are preparing for an influx of visitors and potentially rowdy crowds. The military has reportedly added reinforcements to the fencing on the Area 51 boundary. Hundreds of law enforcement officers, medics, and the Nevada National Guard are expected to be in the vicinity.
Please enjoy the following memes and don’t actually try to storm at Area 51 tomorrow (or any other day)!
Will Anyone Actually Raid Area 51 Tomorrow?
Even if the 20th is uneventful in terms of any kind of Kyle-led Naturo running into Area 51, there are already a plethora of memes about how tomorrow’s raid could turn out.
Lisa Simpson presents a potentially effective strategy:
DONT LET THE HYPE TRAIN DIE REPOST as I was notified of no flair from teenagers
Sully and Mike face swapped:
Crusaders looking to clap alien cheeks:
People who say they're going to raid #Area51 vs. people who actually show up pic.twitter.com/4DICvLJ5Ya
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) September 19, 2019
Some popular memes have drawn connections between Avengers Endgame and the September 20th raid.
the amount of the amount of
people saying vs. people that
they’re going actually go:
to #Area51: pic.twitter.com/M1PllEIUF3
— ॐ (@venivdvicii) September 19, 2019
Good luck y’all from memes
If anyone actually does have the gumption to raid Area 51, it’s the infamous Florida Man.
Florida man showing up to the #Area51 raid: pic.twitter.com/O08kvEnLwW
— 𝒮𝑒𝒶𝓃 (@DeffyDubs) September 19, 2019
It’s happening from memes
For many meme-makers, jokes about people dying as they attempt to trespass on a military facility at any cost were hard to resist. These memes toy with the potentially deadly consequences of an actually violent Area 51 ‘raid’ tomorrow.
Aliens when they hear that all the people coming to save them are dead #Area51 pic.twitter.com/YnRa2HdYFA
— Ramy (@DBRamy117) September 19, 2019
we will survive! from memes
Danny Trejo is ready…
They Can't Stop Machete #area51 #area51raid pic.twitter.com/gVpghFA71X
— Danny Trejo (@officialDannyT) September 19, 2019
These memes predict what will come after the Area 51 raid, be it repercussions from the U.S. government, a plan to “storm the Bermuda Triangle,” or a very ghost-filled Spooktober.
Drake Yes/No on tomorrow’s Area 51 raid:
Goodluck Billy from dankmemes
Almost time from memes
For anyone looking for an alternative (and actually real) event to attend, the youth-led Global Climate Strike is also set to take place tomorrow.