Matty Roberts, the creator of the "Storm Area 51" Facebook page, has disassociated himself from the event and "canceled" it.
Earlier this year, Matty Roberts jokingly created a Facebook event inviting people to join him and storm Area 51 on September 20, 2019. However, that joke quickly got out of hand. The event went viral and more than two million people claimed that they would be attending, with a further 1.6 million declaring their interest in rocking up alongside them.
Roberts has since admitted to a number of media outlets that he never intended for things to get this out of hand. In fact, with less than a week to go, Alienstock's founder has decided to disassociate himself from the event entirely. "I’ve had a lot of concerns leading up to Alienstock...to see all those come to a head 11 days before the event is kind of a relief," Roberts told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Roberts also admitted that he feared Alienstock turning into something akin to Fyre Fest. "That’s not something I want to be part of," he admitted during the same interview. Instead, on September 20, Roberts will be in downtown Las Vegas. That's because he has partnered up with the Bud Light Area 51 Celebration. That sounds like a far safer and more fun option to us.
Just because Roberts has 'canceled' the event doesn't mean that a whole bunch of its attendees won't still show up. It does feel as if the event has gained far too much momentum at this point to be stopped. But what do those who show up risk in terms of damage and legal action? Well, best case scenario is a $500 fine. Worst case scenario, they are shot and killed for trespassing on government property.
An owner of a nearby inn is not too pleased that Roberts has tried to put a stop to Alienstock. She has put down a $17,500 payment for security across the weekend in anticipation of the massive amount of patrons she was expecting. The proprietor still expects to be extremely busy, but is also considering legal action against Roberts should she lose out financially.