The Year of the Area 51 Raid

Photo by Miriam Espacio

Let’s See Them Aliens

If you were on the internet this summer, you saw the Facebook event. For those of you who live under a rock, a man created a public Facebook event for TODAY to storm Area 51 in a Naruto run fashion, to “see them aliens” because “they can’t stop us all.” Believe it or not, thousands of people marked themselves as attending. In a story stranger than fiction – I just wish I could be there too.

So firstly, what is a Naruto run?

It’s an awkward running style made famous by a Japanese anime of the same name. Instead of running like an average person, you run with your arms pointed straight behind you like I do to the kitchen when my mom says the pizza bagels are ready. If you want to see what that means exactly, Google it. You won’t be disappointed. 

Aliens Exist

Whether you don’t believe in aliens at all or you’re like the former singer of Blink 182, Tom DeLonge, who wrote Aliens Exist – what a time to be alive. When I saw all the memes on Twitter, I was excited to see everyone having fun with it. The story has gained enough media attention that the news is covering it, and even the US Military has issued a statement urging the public NOT to come today. 

But let’s be real.

This is the United States of America – a country of meme kings and queens. So there’s no way that people are missing out on this party. The Facebook event said “they can’t stop us all” and I like that enthusiasm even though we know the US Government has tanks and drones. But you have to respect the hustle.

This is Their “Independence Day”

Like Bill Pullman said in one of the best movie Presidential speeches of all time. Except now we’re rooting that there are aliens because, why not? Everyone has friends that leave them on read, and that clog your bathroom and leave without telling you. Or maybe that’s just me. But my new alien best friend would never do that! Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to go to the raid but I still definitely have FOMO of not being there.

I think we all have to have some kind of opinion about aliens existing. Because they have to. Yes, the Earth is unique because we have life. If we were a little closer or a little further from the sun, we wouldn’t exist. But there are so many other planets capable of living beings. With a universe spanning billions of years, it’s hard to believe we are alone. And like Arthur C. Clarke stated:

“Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe, or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.”

There are confirmed reports from government officials, astronauts, and military with quotes and proof of extraterrestrials. But I think humans have a lot of their own crazy things going on right now with climate change and everyone hating each other. I’m all for throwing aliens into the mix, though. Or maybe it’s like a human walking by an anthill. You don’t kick over every anthill you pass by, because they’re just not significant enough to even notice. Both sides of the topic can have their pros and cons. Let’s see what happens! Everyone crazy enough to be there will for sure bring more entertainment for the rest of the day.

As the story develops, let’s hope the aliens are in there waiting for us. If they’re in there, let them out! I’m bored of Earth now. So I either want to know if aliens are real or let’s start the zombie apocalypse. We hope they’re aliens like Superman and E.T. but chances are, they’re more like the ones from Cloverfield or Mars Attacks. Even if the aliens are evil- at least we’ll be exterminated knowing the truth for once, right?

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