Over a million Facebook users have pledged to storm Area 51 on September 20. The plan is to “Naruto run,” imitating the manga character’s iconic sprint in order to outrun security’s bullets and “see them aliens” hidden inside.
The event is fake of course. But the memes it’s inspired are all too real.
Since the Facebook event went viral, Area 51 memes have overtaken Instagram. And like the event itself, they’re completely silly. People not only want to see aliens the government’s got locked up, they want to free them, bring them home and become their friends.
The Area 51 memes are a fresh injection of life for Instagram meme pages—and if they’re not enough for you, a Twitter search taps another reservoir. The Facebook event is tailor-made for meme creation. It was made with knowing self-mockery, which makes it perfect fodder for memes, lingua franca of online irony. And since it combines aliens, government conspiracies and irreverent, unnecessary bullshit, it’s the perfect catnip for bored people on the internet.
The Air Force told Washington Post reporters that they know about the event and warned that the military branch “always stands ready to protect America and its assets,” from all threats, presumably including Naruto-like rushes.