One of the most iconic images of the 1960s was seeing the American flag planted on the moon. In Ryan Gosling’s biopic for Neil Armstrong First Man, they decided that image wasn’t necessary. In a movie about one of the first men who landed on the moon.
Here, let Gosling explain:
“I think this was widely regarded in the end as a human achievement [and] that’s how we chose to view it. 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. 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.”
I get the American flag has become another weapon of mass culture warriordom lately (see ANTIFA Beats Down Guy Waving American Flag and Broward Professor Desecrates American Flag. Uses it as a Doormat). But if you’ll excuse my language…
Look, it’s a biopic. I assume the 50% of autobiographical movies are made up in the first place. But when you are making a movie about an American hero — yes, an American HERO — leaving out one of the most iconic images he’s associated with is questionable at best. Political at worst.
Put the damn flag in the movie. It’s about space. Not a pre-game anthem singalong.
Secondly, they titled this movie “First Man.” Pretty patriarchal if you ask me. Assuming Neil Armstrong’s gender. Putting him “first” despite all the 400,000 people who helped him get to the moon so he could be first. Really, this biopic should be titled: “PRIVILEGE: How 400,000 People Built the Space Race to Ensure Neil Armstrong, a White Man, Made Moon History.” With the subtitle: “How Many Women and LGBTQAAIP and People of Color Made This Possible?!”
You know it’s true. Check your privilege.
Just wait until Donald Trump hears them talking about this on Fox & Friends.