Louis Theroux has weighed in on the current Area 51 related hype to remind everyone that – not for the first time – he was doing all of this before it was cool.
Recently there has been a resurgence in the intrigue surrounding the mysterious US military base that has become synonymous with top secret alien experiments.
Obviously, you’ll most likely be aware of the Facebook event that has seen more than a million people sign up to meet and storm the base in order to ‘see them aliens’.
You might even have heard that the US Air Force said that it wouldn’t be that great an idea to do that.
Well, now Louis Theroux shared a post on his Twitter reminding everyone that he actually travelled to Nevada, the home of the not-so-secret secret base, way back in 1997.
See? Louis was down there years ago. Credit: BBC
Theroux tweeted: “I visited Area 51 back in 1997. Just sayin’.”
That’s a reference to an episode of season one of Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekends, during which a pretty fresh-faced Theroux investigated the phenomenon of UFOs and aliens.
As well as meeting some… let’s say ‘interesting’ characters, Theroux also travelled to the perimeter of Area 51. He even threw some rocks across there.
That’s just one man, what bravery.
Anyway, eventually the powers that be came down and politely asked Theroux to stop throwing rocks into the area. However, if you turn out this September to attempt to ‘Naruto run’ (whatever that means) into Area 51, you can expect something of a different welcome.
Louis Theroux getting ready to ‘see them aliens’. Credit: BBC
A spokesperson for the US Air Force, Laura McAndrews, recently told The Independent: “[Area 51] is an open training range for the US Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces.
“The US Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets.”
On top of that, as well as being a potentially dangerous idea, one alien ‘expert‘ who claims to have worked at the real alien base – a shadowy facility called Site S4 – says that it wouldn’t be helpful anyway.
Bob Lazar claims to have worked at Site S4 on alien technology, and he recently said: “I have to comment on this ‘Storm Area 51’ thing.
“I do understand it was started as a joke by someone, but there are a number of people who are actually planning on showing up.
“This is a misguided idea. Area 51 is a classified research base. There are no aliens or alien technology located there.”
“The only place there was ever any alien technology was at Site S4, south of Area 51 proper. That was 30 years ago.”
The truth is out there. Credit: Wikimedia Commons
He continued: “S4 may have moved decades ago or it’s possible it’s no longer being used for the project. I do not support this ‘movement’.
“The last time someone tried to get in to Area 51 he was shot. This is not the way to go about trying to get more information.
“What is good, is the interest in the subject – the science and technology. That is what would immediately change the world we live in.”
While the truth might be out there, it’s probably not in there. Oh, and did we mention that the US Air Force has guns?