Storm Area 51 has taken the nation by storm. Over 500,000 people have signed the petition to storm area 51 and yeah the government isn’t too thrilled about it. We finally though have the dude who started all of this identified.
— New York Post (@nypost) July 18, 2019
The creator of a Facebook page calling for a public invasion of Area 51, the top-secret Air Force facility in Nevada, has finally spoken publicly about his joke getting out of hand.
California resident Matty Roberts, who created the Facebook page “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us,” revealed his identity Wednesday to KLAS-TV of Las Vegas.
“I posted it on like June 27th and it was kind of a joke,” Roberts said. “And then it waited for like three days, like 40 people and then it just completely took off, out of nowhere. It’s pretty wild.”
The page calls for a public invasion of the secret Air Force-run facility near Groom Lake, Nev., on Sept. 20 at 3 am The facility has been the subject of alien conspiracy theories for decades.
Just to be clear. We are not making fun of this guy. But, doesn’t he just fit the bill of someone who would make a Storm Area 51 Facebook page? The guy plays the role great.
As signatories for the page climbed higher, Roberts said he grew worried the FBI would pay him a visit.
“The FBI is going to show up at my house and it got a little spooky from there,” he said.
Roberts had previously communicated with NPR through Facebook Messenger, but under a pseudonym for fear of harassment.
“I just thought it would be a funny idea for the meme page,” he said. “And it just took off like wildfire. It’s entirely satirical though and most people seem to understand that.”
At least the guy who created it seems not serious about storming Area 51. It’ll be interesting to see if/and how many people show up to the event.