The trailer looks awesome. It’s about space exploration. It’s a time when America united to beat the Russians to the moon. It’s the story of how we won the space race, triumphing over the Reds. It’s a great chapter in American history. We did it. We won. That’s what should’ve been the theme of the film First Man starring Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong, which is set during the days of the Apollo space program. There’s only one problem: the scene of our astronauts planting the American flag on the Moon is omitted. That’s like doing a World War II movie based in Europe, but omitting Nazi Germany. It’s the Vietnam War without the Viet Cong. It’s a comprehensive history of the American Revolution, but without storylines relating to the Continental Congress, the Declaration of Independence, and the Battle of Trenton, or better yet, how about a film about the nation’s founding without George Washington.
The American flag on the Moon is an integral part of the story. Don’t give me it’s the human achievement angle as a legitimate excuse to omit this scene. It’s crap. Americans went to the moon. Americans planted the flag; Americans beat the Russians in the Cold War space race. It happened. Sorry, liberals, but America won. I know that makes you unhappy. Then again, these people are only happy when America is being trashed. Buzz Aldrin has responded to the controversy like a champ, tweeting photos of them on the moon, with the captions “#ProudtobeanAmerica, #onenation, and #Apollo11” (via Vanity Fair):
More than a month before it’s officially released in theaters, Damien Chazelle’s moon landing drama First Man is already embroiled in political controversy. Its genesis? The fact that there is no scene in the movie explicitly showing our enterprising Americans firmly planting the stars and stripes into the gray lunar surface—though the flag is apparently included in several shots.
Buzz Aldrin, the second human being ever to set foot on the moon, tweeted a pair of pictures on Saturday night of himself and his Apollo crew members standing around the newly erected flag on the moon (or artfully arranged on Stanley Kubrick’s set, depending on your stance on popular conspiracy theories). Although he didn’t reference the controversy outright, his tweet includes various hashtags, such as “#proudtobeanAmerican,” “#freedom” and “#onenation.” We hear you loud and clear, Buzz.
It was a day for American greatness. Period. To this day, space captures the national psyche. During the solar eclipse last year, I remember scores of people in Rosslyn venturing out with their tinted glasses to catch the show. Some were even sharing them with some of the homeless folks who also gathered to see the spectacle. Space unites—maybe that’s why the Hollywood Left cut the scene. Division is key to their strategy of infesting the national ethos with their agenda of political correctness, subjecting us with daily reminders about cultural appropriation, insufferable lectures about so-called white privilege, and the advancement of racial and ethnically rigid safe spaces. It’s neo-segregation—and you can’t have that if everyone feels good about being an American.