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Bud Light Sides With Civilians Who Want to Storm Area 51 Against US Military

Bud Light Sides With Civilians Who Want to Storm Area 51 Against US Military

After initially siding with the U.S. military on Monday, Bud Light switched its loyalties to the alien enthusiasts who are planning to storm Area 51. 

The drama started when the Anheuser-Busch subsidiary declared in a tweet that it wanted nothing to do with a satirical Facebook event called “Storm Area 51, they can’t stop all of us.” More than 1.6 million people have RSVP’d for the Sept. 20 rendezvous, which promises to infiltrate the top-secret Nevada military base.

“We’d like to be the first brand to formally announce the we will not be sponsoring the Area 51 raid,” Bud Light tweeted.

However, the company seemed to have misread its fandom, or at least the subset that is active on Twitter. Users quickly came out against Bud Light’s position.

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“Everyone always told me I drank pussy beer, now I know it’s true,” wrote one woman in a well-liked comment.

A DJ said Bud Light was his favorite beer. But quoting the company’s old logo, he said “now its let me down.”

One man warned Bud Light that history was watching.

In response to the backlash, the company quickly changed its stance and submitted to the will of the people.

Bud Light also teased a black-and-green Area 51 Special Edition can, branding it “Bud Light Space Beer” and giving it the tagline, “We come in peace.”

When someone asked if the new beer was real, Bud Light responded, “51,000 RTs and we’ll make it happen.”

The Area 51 beer tweet had over 10,000 retweets as of Thursday.

Bud Light Area 51 Special Edition is a win for the aliens

By getting behind the Area 51 raid and its stated goal to “see them aliens,” Bud Light sided against the U.S. military and Nevada law enforcement.

Air Force spokesperson Laura McAndrews last week warned unauthorized civilians against entering Area 51, which is the site of “armed” training.

“[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,” she told the Washington Post. “The US Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets”.

McAndrews declined to elaborate on exactly how officials were planning to respond to the potential threat. But security guards and motion-sensor cameras surround the perimeter of the base and signs warn that intruders could face “deadly force.”

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This week, TMZ reported that police in Las Vegas and other nearby cities have been briefed on the threat and will coordinate to prevent anyone from even getting near the base. Officers are reportedly prepared to respond with non-lethal force in the form of tear gas and pepper spray.

Despite the threats of force, Bud Light wasn’t the only brand who came out in support of the would-be raiders.

Celebrity chef Guy Fieri, aka the Mayor of Flavor Town, announced on Twitter Wednesday that he will be grilling “Radioactive Ribs” for “the folks inside Area 51.”

Butterfinger responded with an image of an alien, asking, “Can we have some?”

However – as Bud Light’s rapid flip-flop underlined – corporations aren’t the most principled of allies. Whatever their stated values, their ultimate mandate is profit. If this Area 51 raid goes south, Bud Light better hope humanity’s new alien overlords like light beer.

Cover image: Bud Light Area 51 Special Edition branding/An Air Force soldier. (Screen grabs)

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