Hollywood is perfectly happy to bowdlerize their own output, so long as it advances the PC narrative.
The new Neil Armstrong film, First Man, got a boffo premiere at the prestigious Venice Film Festival, with rave reviews for the movie and its Canadian star, Ryan Gosling.
But if you go to the film looking for an interesting interpretation of history, don’t expect any American flag waving. In fact, one of the most iconic moments in history is missing. When Armstrong planted an American flag on the Moon, it acknowledged that while we went to the Moon for “all mankind,” getting there was a singular American achievement of astonishing proportions.
So why no Stars and Stripes?
Oh, I think we all know that well enough by now.
“First Man” is getting rave reviews at the Venice Film Festival, but critics noted the unpatriotically sanitized flick is missing something important, and Gosling explained he worked with French-Canadian director Damien Chazelle and the Armstrong family to decide on its key moments.
“I think this was widely regarded in the end as a human achievement (and) that’s how we chose to view it,” he said. “I also think Neil was extremely humble, as were many of these astronauts, and time and time again he deferred the focus from himself to the 400,000 people who made the mission possible.”
A Navy fighter jock, test pilot, and astronaut, a “humble guy”? Not likely, chump. He might’ve been a polite guy, an unassuming guy, a considerate guy even. But I’ve known quite a few of them over the years myself, and I can tell you for sure that “humble guys” don’t excel in the business Armstrong was in. In fact, they don’t even enter it in the first place; arrogance—egotism, even—is pretty much a prerequisite, akin to a watch repairman’s steady hand and clear vision, a doctor’s empathy, or a veterinarian’s fondness for animals. As for that “human achievement” horseshit:
Was this really a “human achievement”? Sure, it was. So let’s send a bill to every country in the world to help pay the $200 billion we spent getting there ($25 billion in 1967 dollars).
American corporations designed the system that took us to the Moon. American workers built it. The American taxpayer paid for it. And Americans flew the damn bird. It is historically inaccurate and terribly, terribly unfair not to recognize the one nation that achieved the impossible dream of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to Earth.
Ahh, but see, recognizing that is the very thing that frosts their nuts, and is why they have to rewrite history to avoid acknowledging it.
NASA strapped Armstrong and his fellow flyboys into a tiny, claustrophobic little capsule on top of what is basically an enormous (the equivalent of 36 stories tall) three-stage bomb, pointed it in the general direction of the Moon based on calculations done with slide rules, wished them good luck and bon voyage, and lit the fuse under their asses. When Armstrong dropped the lander on Luna, he had something 15 seconds of fuel left, having overflown the planned landing area because of unexpected boulders. They fucking did something that no other nation on the planet ever even dreamed of doing, and came back home safe and sound.
And now NASA is reduced to “Muslim outreach.” Meanwhile, our own domestic film industry thinks it’s a fine idea to just give away a purely and uniquely American glory to be spread around to all and sundry, for the wholly fucked-up reason that they hate their own country and just…just…just can’t even.
If this shit-flick propaganda movie doesn’t bomb to an absolutely record-setting proportion, if it makes a single dime for the twerps behind this disgusting insult to truth and history, then there is NO justice in this world.
If they weren’t going to tell the story straight, they shoulda left it alone altogether. Then again, I guess we should all just be grateful the Hollyweirdos didn’t remake him into a black female transgender lesbian dwarf or something.
Stolen glory update! Chuck Yeager responds:
That's not the Neil Armstrong I knew
— Chuck Yeager (@GenChuckYeager) August 31, 2018
Via Glenn. Reynolds, I mean, not John.
Humble pie update! Okay, I may have to grant “humble guy” after all. But with a big, fat caveat that renders the admission moot.
In 1988, while working at the Reagan White House, I was afforded the rare opportunity to sit down one-on-one with Armstrong in the White House and it was, and is, one of the highest honors of my life. I was conducting interviews at the time for my first book, “Footprints – The 12 Men who walked on the Moon Reflect on their Flights, their Lives, and the Future.”
Gosling is correct about one thing for sure. Armstrong was beyond humble. Weeks after our interview, he called me to ask that I not use it. He told me how very sorry he was to ask, but that upon further reflection, he was not comfortable talking about himself and did not want anyone to get the impression that the mission was about him.
I agreed immediately with his request.
While greatly disappointed – we ended up scrambling and using existing public quotes for the book – I was deeply impressed at how truly humble Armstrong was and how important it was to him that others receive the credit he believed they deserved.
On that subject, Gosling was only half correct when he speculated that: “…I don’t think that Neil viewed himself as an American hero.”
While Armstrong never viewed himself as a “hero,” he was incredibly proud to be an American. An American, who before becoming a test pilot and the first human on the moon, was a highly decorated naval aviator who flew 78 combat missions during the Korean War.
With regard to the slight against the United States and of the American flag being left out of “First Man,” Gosling jokes: “I’m Canadian, so might have cognitive bias.”
As someone who has more relatives in Canada than the U.S. – my family making its way from Nova Scotia to Boston decades ago – I would say his bias has nothing to do with Canada and everything to do with being liberal.
When I spoke with Armstrong back in 1988, he – along with all 11 other men who walked on the moon that I spoke with – very clearly saw the moon landing as an American achievement and was in fact, quite proud to plant the American flag in recognition of the American blood, sweat, and tears which helped get him and Buzz Aldrin to the surface.
Of course he did, and was—and damned well should have been, as should we all. No shame in that, nor is there any insult or derogation to anyone else implied. It’s just simple fact, which no amount of shitlib historical revision can change. As always, their argument isn’t really with us; it’s with reality.