The new movie about Neil Armstrong going to the moon, called “First Man”, has people up in arms this morning as it leaves out something crucial: the scene depicting Armstrong planting the American flag on the moon. And what’s worse is how the actor who plays Neil Armstrong, Ryan Gosling, defends it.
Via Business Insider:
The upcoming Neil Armstrong biopic “First Man,” from “Whiplash” and “La La Land” director Damien Chazelle, premiered at the Venice Film Festival on Wednesday to rave reviews and early Oscar buzz. But the movie doesn’t include a key scene in Armstrong’s mission to the moon and an integral moment in American history.
The movie omits the American flag being planted on the moon, and the movie’s star Ryan Gosling, who plays Armstrong, defended the decision when asked about it at Venice (via The Telegraph).
Gosling, who’s Canadian, argued that the first voyage to the moon was a “human achievement” that didn’t just represent an American accomplishment, and that’s how Armstrong viewed it.
“I think this was widely regarded in the end as a human achievement [and] that’s how we chose to view it,” Gosling. “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.”
Gosling added, “He was reminding everyone that he was just the tip of the iceberg – and that’s not just to be humble, that’s also true. So I don’t think that Neil viewed himself as an American hero. From my interviews with his family and people that knew him, it was quite the opposite. And we wanted the film to reflect Neil.”
Ugh. This is exactly what Holywood loves to do: rewrite American history with an anti-American slant.
Marco Rubio read this and was incensed. He tweeted:
This is total lunacy. And a disservice at a time when our people need reminders of what we can achieve when we work together. The American people paid for that mission,on rockets built by Americans,with American technology & carrying American astronauts. It wasn’t a UN mission.
This is total lunacy. And a disservice at a time when our people need reminders of what we can achieve when we work together. The American people paid for that mission,on rockets built by Americans,with American technology & carrying American astronauts. It wasn’t a UN mission. https://t.co/eGwBq7hj8C— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) August 31, 2018
Rubio wasn’t the only one who was shocked by this:
How history is erased and rewritten in line with progressive anti-Americanism https://t.co/T9BJOXXGnJ— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) August 31, 2018
I once was watching a documentary on George Washington on either the Discovery channel, NatGeo, or the History channel, and I was shocked when they suggested that our first president was a huge liar. Do you know why they called him a liar? Because he lied to the enemy in order to defeat them and win the Revolutionary War. It was military strategy that they twisted into be a character flaw. It was ridiculous and I learned then that these idiots in Hollywood love to do this kind of crap.