The Guy Who Started ‘Storm Area 51’ Event Is Now Freaking Out That People Might Do It

Alfie PowellAlfie Powell in Funny, News
Published 19.07.19
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The ‘Storm Area 51’ meme has probably gotten out of hand now and the guy who started it is sort of freaking out.

None of us predicted what might have happened when a Facebook event imploring us to storm Area 51 to see them aliens was started, least of all that it would amass over three million attendees.

Here I was thinking the Battle of Hastings rematch from last October was pretty popular, but I was way off…

Since the group started, numerous celebrities have gotten involved, such as Guy Fieri and Danny Trejo, and people are genuinely starting to wonder whether there’s going to be some sort of mass assault of the supposed US military base.

It even got to the point where, responding to the potential hazard, US Air Force spokeswoman Laura McAndrews said:

[Area 51] is an open training range for the U.S. Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces.

The U.S. Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets.”

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With that in mind, Matty Roberts from California – the man behind the event – spoke to CNN, saying:

I waited for like three days and there were like 40 people and then it just completely took off out of nowhere. It was pretty wild.

I was just like, the FBI’s going to show up at my house and it got a little spooky from there.

Roberts said that the idea struck him after he watched a Joe Rogan podcast where famous Area 51 whistleblower Bob Lazar was interviewed.

Obviously he never intended for people to actually storm Area 51, which was why he was initially worried for his own safety when others started to take it seriously.

Roberts also told NPR:

I just thought it would be a funny idea for the meme page.’

And it just took off like wildfire. It’s entirely satirical though, and most people seem to understand that.

I’m still curious about what might happen come the 20th of September…

Images via Getty, CBS, Area 15