Man “Naruto Runs” Behind Reporter During Live Broadcast Near Area 51

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Earlier this year, a Facebook event Matty Roberts created as a joke ended up going viral and even prompted a warning from the U.S. Air Force. Of course, we’re talking about the event called Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All Of Us.

Two million people responded to the event, which called for people to storm Area 51 in search of “them aliens.” Area 51 is a highly classified Air Force base in Amargosa Valley, Nevada, and people have often theorized that the location serves as a secret home to aliens.

The attention around the Area 51 event was so great, that Air Force spokesperson Laura McAndrews issued a warning through The Washington Post:

“The U.S. Air Force always stands ready to protect its assets,” McAndrews said. She went on to add that Area 51 is “an open training range for the U.S. Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces.”

Roberts ended up changing the event to a music festival, with the event page now named the Official Alienstock Tour. He managed to put together a festival, and even got some support from Bud Light, who created special Area 51-themed beer cans for the occasion.

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The festival was scheduled for September 18-September 20, with the latter date being the  date listed on the original Storm Area 51 event. So when September 20 finally rolled around on Friday, people wondered if anyone actually would show up near Area 51.

People did! Of course, news reporters were on the scene, and one reporter’s broadcast was hilariously crashed by an enthusiastic, would-be raider.

On the first day of the Alienstock festival (September 18), KTNV news reporter Joe Bartels was reporting live near Area 51. Mid-broadcast, you can see a man “Naruto run” behind Bartels in the background.

The term “Naruto run” or “ninja run” is used to describe a style of running in which a person runs while leaning forward and stretching their arms behind them. The term “Naruto” comes from the anime series of the same name, in which the characters run in such a way.

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From the start of the Area 51 craze, people said they were going to storm the facility by Naruto running into it. So that’s what the man who crashed Bartel’s broadcast was paying homage to.

What made the whole thing all the more hilarious is that Bartel never noticed the man as he ran behind him! You can watch the clip below.