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PC Interpretation of US Lunar Landing, Sans American Flag

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Can you believe this? New Armstrong moon landing movie will not include depiction of USA flag being planted on the Moon. The Cannuck Gosling playing Armstrong sees no problem with omission. He suggests the landing was a human accomishment, not just an American effort. My guess is that the Apollo program’s role in the Cold War will be downplayed as well. 

 

Makes me wonder who is financing this movie. Chinese studios? 

 

New film about Neil Armstrong … won’t show him planting the American flag on the moon

 

The presidential Twitter account, 1:37 p.m. today: “New movie about our wonderful moon landing will not show the American flag being raised. Not good! Time to plant a boycott flag in Hollywood’s ass!”

 

And you know what? He’d have a point — even though, let’s face it, this is more a business decision than “political correctness run amok.” You want your movie about one of America’s greatest moments to sell tickets in countries that aren’t crazy about America (cough)?

 

Well, then you’d better go light on the American iconography.

Edited by tomkaz

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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.”

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Saw this yesterday.  One of the most iconic images in human history.  It's comical, and Goslings excuse is ridiculous.  Furthermore, even if Armstrong HAD felt the same way, he'd have been wrong too.  It took an AMERICAN LEADER, thousands of AMERICAN people, from engineers to seamstresses, and then it took AMERICAN trained astronauts.  Anyone offended by that can go F themselves.  This is a good example of how PC Hollywood has more money than sense, because this flick is going to take it in the financial shorts.

 

/rant over 

 

Now, I did notice that they left the American flags on the astronaut's space suits, so they, at least, are historically accurate, but not good enough.  I'll be skipping it.

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17 mins ago, jkrock said:

I bet they omit the part about the astronauts receiving communion on the moon too.  Can't offend the Muzzies.

Oh, no!!!  They can't do that!!  What about the separation of ... ummmm church and space!!!  Where will the atheists go to sue???  NASA??  Tell you're Astronauts they are not allowed to pray!!!  No praying in space!!!

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3 mins ago, Knight771 said:

Oh, no!!!  They can't do that!!  What about the separation of ... ummmm church and space!!!  Where will the atheists go to sue???  NASA??  Tell you're Astronauts they are not allowed to pray!!!  No praying in space!!!

NASA was afraid of being sued by the troop spitting libs so they kept it quiet

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I think that's effed up. But when it happened, the whole world really was watching. And it was an accomplishment for all mankind, the greatest human technical achievement to date. The people who didn't like it were the Soviets and prolly the other commie dictators of the time.

 

Armstrong might have wanted some kind of recognition that it was a world accomplishment. After all...one giant leap. But I can't believe he wouldn't want that US flag there. It's absence is obviously historically inaccurate.

 

Effed up.

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36 mins ago, The Dude said:

Good to see the President trying to harm American businesses.

Sorry, but until you know who financed that movie, you don’t know who will profit. 

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Observations from one writer at HotAir:

 

Was the moon landing a “human achievement” more so than an American achievement?

 

Yes and no.

 

No in the sense that it was famously the result of a hyper-nationalist space race between the world’s two superpowers. Would America have gone to the moon eventually? Sure. Would America have scrambled to get to the moon in 1969 if not for the massive psychological national-greatness payoff in beating the Soviets to the punch? Nah, probably not. If you want to be more meta about the question, would America have ever been in the position, scientifically and economically, to pull off a moon shot if it hadn’t been America? Again, nopers.

 

But yes, of course it was a “human achievement” as well, one that requires no sense of national pride to appreciate. “One giant leap for mankind,” right? It was the moment Earth could no longer contain human ingenuity; even 50 years on, the spectacle is wondrous. No one would disagree. What’s strange, then, about that as a rationale for omitting the flag-planting from the movie is that it assumes audiences might fail to appreciate the “human achievement” if the moment was depicted as it actually happened. This startling chapter in human advancement, recognized as such universally and universally known to have been accomplished by the United States, would supposedly lose its appeal among moviegoers if it was … faithfully re-created.

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