Most patriotic Americans riled at witnessing million dollar athletes take a knee or raise a clenched fist at the playing of our National Anthem.
Now imagine depicting one of America’s proudest moments within our history (and within humankind) namely Astronaut Neil Armstrong landing on the moon and planting “Old Glory” on its surface, purposely being obliterated because of political correctness.
Worst yet is the arrogance and patronizing overture felt coming from Ryan Gosling — an overrated self-aggrandizing actor — as he attempts to justify the rewriting of America’s history in the movie “First Man” which is meant to recount the heroic journey to the moon.
Gosling is making the promotional rounds, arguing that the first voyage to the moon was a “human achievement” that didn’t just represent an American accomplishment, and then attempted to put the seal-of-approval from Armstrong, who died in 2012, saying:
“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.”
Adding, “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.”
Then Gosling, perhaps sensing an American backlash in the making, to the film jokingly adds, “I’m Canadian, so might have cognitive bias.” The film’s director, Damien Chazelle, Who previously worked with Gosling on the Oscar-winning La La Land, is French-Canadian.
In his autobiography, Armstrong had said, “My job was to get the flag there. I was less concerned about whether that was the right artifact to place. I let other, wiser minds than mine make those kinds of decisions.”
For those who still can recall that moment in 1969, when Armstrong stepped down from his landing craft on to the surface of the moon, that iconic image flashing across black and white TV sets all across the world, then stepping off the last rung of the ladder onto the lunar soil, exclaiming “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Days later before the long voyage home, he planted the “Stars and Strips.”
Those images are as important to that generation of Americans, as President Reagan standing in front of Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate and demanding that Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev “tear down this wall,” or President Bush standing on a mound of rubble on September 14th 2001, within the bowels of what was once the World Trade Center, speaking through a Bullhorn shouting to first responders “I can hear you…the rest of the world hears you! And the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon.”
Guys like Gosling and Chazelle have little understanding of America or their heroes because America is unique. It is the only “Super Power” in the world, that isn’t interested in conquering other nations. However to purposely rewrite history by eliminating an indisputable and overwhelming piece of history, especially regarding a film positioned as a documentary, is the height of hypocrisy and deserves to be boycotted by every American proud of our achievements.