The Joke is Over: Corporations are Storming Area 51 Memes

Area 51 is a highly classified United States Air Force facility in Nevada, and has been around since the Cold War. Although the base has never been declared secret, everything at Area 51 is top secret, and the details of the facility’s operations aren’t publicly known. In fact, the CIA didn’t publicly acknowledge the existence of Area 51 until June of 2013.

All that secrecy has made Area 51 the frequent subject of conspiracy theories, a central component in UFO folklore, and the butt of lots of alien jokes.

Recent Hype About Storming Area 51

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve seen the recent Area 51 hype and accompanying memes. If you do in fact live under a rock and have no idea what I’m talking about, I apologize for your bland lifestyle. Please move along; there’s nothing to see here.

Anyway, for those of you that have been keeping up, you already know that a joke event popped up on Facebook called “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us.” The description says that we can move faster than their bullets “if we Naruto run.”

But before you adjust your tinfoil hat, you know that the event is being hosted by a group called “Shitposting cause im in shambles,” so you can probably assume it’s not a real event.

At Least It’s Kept Us All Entertained

Real event or not, it’s spawned a whole slew of funny memes, tweets, and other social media posts. I have to admit that it has kept me entertained at my desk when I’m supposed to be working (plz don’t tell my boss).

And half the fun is that some Baby Boomers probably can’t tell whether or not people are genuinely trying to break into a government base and bring home aliens.

Unfortunately, I’m here to tell you that the joke has officially “jumped the shark.”

Thanks, Corporations, for Ruining Something Else

After over 1 million alien lovers, conspiracy theorists, shitposters, and tinfoil hat aficionados expressed interest in storming the military base, corporations have been trying to figure out how to squeeze their products into our view on the way to the Area 51 raid.

Nothing is sacred from brand marketing departments, apparently, but now the joke’s on them because they pretty much ruined the joke themselves.

They clearly don’t understand the air of mystery behind surrealist Millennial humor. They’re obviously doing it wrong. Here are some of the worst offenders trying to cash in on the latest viral trend.

Oreo

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I get that y’all did special edition cookies for the anniversary of the moon landing, but did you really have to try and cash in on storming Area 51, too?

Steak-Umm

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I can tell that they have a really creative social media team over at Steak-umm.

Kool-Aid

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Funyuns

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ASOS

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Ashley the design intern spent 5 whole minutes on this cool Photoshop job.

DiGiorno

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MoonPie

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Burger King

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Wendy’s

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To be fair, Wendy’s didn’t create this blasphemy, but they’re still complicit because they reposted it.

Xbox

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I’m anxiously awaiting the new Xbox video game centered around storming Area 51, to really drive the joke into the ground.