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What's the deal with ‘them aliens’?

19 July 2019 | Jess Holder

Area 51 has hit the headlines recently thanks to, quite simply, a Facebook page. Yep, you read that correctly. The 1,360m highly classified US Air Force facility has been at the centre of pretty much everything for the past week due to the creation of a Facebook page, ‘Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of US’. On June 27th, Matty Roberts, from California, created the Facebook page as a simple joke where he posted about “seeing them aliens”.

Area 51 has been at the centre of many conspiracy theories for decades after American
physicist Bob Lazar blew the whistle on the base for holding products ‘of extraterrestrial
origin’. So, basically people think they’re hiding aliens. Roberts was prompted to create the page after listening to Joe Rogan interview Lazar, despite Lazar later retracting his statement following the social media outburst. And although the first three days of the page attracted just 40 members, it suddenly took off, with 1.7 million fans currently joined up.

Despite the popularity of the page, Roberts was determined to keep his identify as lowkey as possible by declining interviews, as he was worried about the involvement of the FBI. He said, “The FBI is going to show up at my house and it got a little spooky from there”. He was then quick to leave the comment, “P.S. Hello US government, this is a joke, I do not actually intend to go ahead with this plan.” Although, not everyone was as concerned and continued to boast about storming the base on September 20th. A personal favourite comment of mine was, “If we naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets. Lets see them aliens”. If you’re not familiar with the ‘naruto run’, then get to know! The meme has previously circulated the internet. Of course, after years of conundrum about what hides behind the walls of Area 51, 1.7 million millennials naruto running towards it will be the all important step to discovering if extraterrestrial life really does exist.

Not only did the Facebook page blow up, but the memes across the internet have also been running wild, with a vast range of celebrities getting involved. Miley Cyrus, Lil NasX and Lizzo to name a few, have been relishing in the content. I couldn’t possibly write about these memes without picking out a few of the best. You can thank me later...

Although the internet has found the funny side to the decade-long conspiracy, the US government most definitely has not. A spokeswoman said, “The US Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets”. The US Air Force also strongly advised not to partake in the activities on September 20th. But, if they have nothing to hide, what's the big deal? We get it, it's a highly classified area, but why the threatening comments, huh? Why not just enlighten us all about the ongoings in Area 51, seeing as no one really knows what it’s used for? So many questions. So little answers.

With two months to go until the raid is set to take place, I guess all we can do now is wait. (And probably watch countless conspiracy theory videos on ‘them aliens’ to pass the time).