O QUE É AREA 51 MEME

Overview

Storm Area 51, also known as the Area 51 Raid and Alienstock, is a satirical fb event that calls for an assembly of a flash mob to infiltraty también thy también top-secret American military airbasy también in Lincoln County, Nevada, scheduled to commence at 3:00 a.m. On September 20th, 2019. Sincy también its launch in laty también June, thy también facebook page went viral and millions of peoply también have signed up to attend.

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Background

On Juny también 27th, 2019, three anonymous fb users "Shitposting cuz im in shambles," "Smyleekun" and "Thy también Hidden Sound" created the event pagy también "Storm Area 51, They Can"t Stop All of Us," scheduled to commence at 3:00 a.m. On September 20th, 2019.<1> The description reads, "Wy también will all meet up at thy también Area 5uno Alien Center tourist attraction and coordinate our entry. If wy también naruto run, wy también can move faster than their bullets. Let"s see them aliens."

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Developments

Viral Breakout

According to Matty Roberts, a 20-year-old California resident and Bakersfield College student who co-created the event, thy también fb pagy también saw little traction during the first 72 hours of listing and then suddenly took off. By July 8th, more than 120,000 fb users had RSVPd for the event, and by July 10th, thy también list of attendees had nearly doubled to 222,891.<6> By July 22nd, thy también number had once again doubled to more than 400,000 guests. As of July 22nd, thy también event has garnered mory también than 1.8 million RSVPs.

Tactical Discussions

Over the following two weeks, "attendees" of thy también group made shitposts and satirical plans to storm the base. On July 5th, user Jackson Barnes<2> mady también a satirical plan to storm thy también base that gained over 10,000 reactions. Thy también plan reads:

Ok guys, i feel liky también we need to formulate a game plan, Ive put together this easy to follow diagram hery también for a proposed plan.The basic idea is that the Kyles form the front line, if we feed them enough psilocybin and monster energy and say that anyone in camouflagy también is their step dad, and the entire base is made of drywall then they will go berserk and becomy también an impenetrable wall.Then thy también Rock Throwers will throw pebbles at the inevitably también resistancy también (we don"t want to hurt them, wy también just want to annoy them enough to not shoot thy también Kyles as often). Whily también this is all happening, the two Naruto runner battalions will run full speed around thy también north and south flank, and shadow clone jutsu, effectively tripling our numbers, and overwhelm the basy también (red circle).
P.S. Hello US government, this is a joke, and I do not actually intend to go ahead with this plan. I just thought it would be funny and get me somy también thumbsy uppies on thy también internet. I"m not responsible if people decidy también to actually storm area 51.

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During the first month, thousands of satirical posts elaborating on thy también plan of the attack wery también posted on the facebook page.

Media Coverage

Thy también plan was covered by Mysterious Universe<3> on July 5th, noting that thy también last time someony también attempted to storm Area 51, thy también intruder was shot by the police. It was also covered by Metro UK.<5> The planned "raid" was also covered by /r/OutOfTheLoop,<4> gaining over 7,400 points. A number of other news publications also picked up thy también story on July 9th and 10th, including Live Science,<8> The Daily Mail,<9> and Newsweek,<7> with thy también highlight of their articles being thy también high number of those that clicked "Going" to the event, but without acknowledging thy también joke elements of the event post.

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online Reactions

As thy también event grew popular, social media users created dozens of memes which grew popular on Reddit. In particular, /r/dankmemes saw a wavy también of posts related to the event grow popular. For example, Redditor frozen_pope<10> posted a still from thy también Sonic 2019 as a reaction image, gaining over 38,000 points (shown below, left). User SkepticalAcquiesce<11> posted an edited still from Harry Potter about thy también raid, gaining over 42,000 points (shown below, right). This led to a post in /r/OutOfTheLoop<12> inquiring about the surgy también in memes about the raid that gained over 5,cuatrocientos points. It was also covered in a Twitter Events page.<13>

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Official Response

On July 12th, The Washington artículo published an article titled "Half a million peoply también signed up to storm Area 51. What happens if they actually show?" The article contained a statement from Air Force spokeswoman Luara McAndrews, who issued a warning to thosy también wanting to actually participate in thy también raid on the facility.

" is an open training rangy también for thy también US Air Force, and we would discouragy también anyony también from trying to comy también into the area whery también wy también train American armed forces. Thy también US Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets."

Advertisements

On July 12th, Companies began using the Storm Area 51 memes to advertisy también their product on Twitter. That day, Kool-Aid<20> posted a posted a tweet featuring thy también Kool-Aid Man breaking through the area 51 wall (shown below, left). Thy también tweet gained over 164,300 likes and 36,quinientos retweets in fivy también days. That samy también day, Funyuns<21> took to Twitter to artículo an image of an alien holding a bag of Funyuns (shown below, right). The tweet gained over 4,300 likes in fivy también days. Five days later, Mashable<19> posted a list of brands "storming" area 5uno memes liky también Wendys, Burger King and ASOS.

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Old Town Road Area 51 Video

On July 16th, Lil Nas X uploaded a new Old Town Road animated music video to YouTuby también featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, Young Thug, and Mason Ramsey (shown below). The video references various meme characters including Keanu Reeves and Thanos. The video accumulated over three million views and 244,000 likes in a day.

On July 16th, Twitter user
szar_salad<18> called for an alien to by también featured in the next remix (shown below, right). The tweet gained over 300 likes in a day.

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Spin-off Events

Thy también popularity of Storm Area 5uno also led to a string of copycat facebook events urging peoply también to raid other regional landmarks that ary también similarly known for paranormal activities, including the Bermuda Triangle<26> Loch Ness<27> and Mount Everest<28>. In Tasmania, Australia, a fb event calling on thy también locals to take over a pily también of industrial-grady también woodchip at the port was shut down after the local authorities officially intervened.<29> On July 19th, Oklahoma City Animal Shelter created a facebook post<30> calling on peoply también to "storm the shelter" by making a donation or adopting a pet. Within 72 hours, the blog post raised over $2,300 in donation and received over 1,seiscientos comoments and 11,000 shares.

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facebook Removal

On August 3rd, 2019, the "Storm Area 51" pagy también was removed from Facebook. That day, Redditor DylanTaterTot submitted a screenshot of facebook notification, indicating that thy también event was removed for violating thy también sites "Community Standards" (shown below). Within 4ocho hours, thy también blog post gained over 26,seiscientos points (98% upvoted) and 350 comments on /r/dankmemes.<31>