A news broadcast covering the anticipated Area 51 raid event captures “Naruto run” practice. In June, Matty Roberts created a petition on Facebook titled, “Storm Area 51, They can’t stop us all.” Intended to assemble a congregation to breach Area 51, and free supposedly captured aliens, the event was organized for September 20.
Located in Nevada, Area 51 is a highly classified United States Air Force facility. Shrouded in mystery, infamous Area 51 has become the face of conspiracy theories, UFO folklore, and alien kidnappings. Toting a history riddled with bizarre circumstances, Area 51 has been a focal point for numerous sci-fi films and series including, Independence Day, Stargate SG-1, and The X-Files. Garnering over two million signatures on the titular petition, the Area 51 event description read, “If we Naruto run, we can move faster than bullets. Let’s see them aliens.” Nodding to anime, a Naruto run is a style of running in which a person sprints forward with their arms stretched out behind them. Naturally, the plan to invade the uncharted territory faced numerous obstacles, including the US Air Force warning of lethal force against trespassers and the Area 51 petition mysteriously disappearing. However, alleged Naruto runners planned to sprint forward with the plan.
On September 20, the nation waited with bated breath to see if the Area 51 raid would actually happen. Answering the call to storm the area, 3,000 people - out of the pledged millions - showed up. At the scene, ABC Action News 13 accidentally captured a devoted Naruto runner in practice. Shared by millions on Twitter, including Ryan Nanez, the clip has become a highlight of the Area 51 raid. Check out the video below:
Emerging as a hero of Area 51, the young man perfectly timed his Naruto run behind the reporter. Albeit failing to prove the existence of extraterrestrials, the Area 51 raid spawned a plethora of memes and proved to be a barrel of laughs for observers. Overall, the crowd was manageable, however, two arrests were made due to indecent exposure and an intoxicated individual attempting to sneak under the gates.
As of today, the crowds have dispersed, the local store's shelves are restocked, and the alleged aliens remain captured. Notably not in attendance, Roberts has stated he started the Area 51 raid as a joke. Throughout the last few years, petitions have breached the boundaries of social issues and propelled into radical ideas. As for Area 51, the highly classified base continues to hold tight to its secrets, and the current events that transpired are a reminder that no one is alone.