The likely award-winning upcoming Neil Armstrong biopic First Man lacks any scene of the astronaut planting an American flag on the moon, despite several scenes set there.
This highly impactful moment in U.S. history was left out deliberately, said Ryan Gosling, who plays Armstrong in the film. He told the Telegraph that the event “transcended countries and borders” and “was widely regarded in the end as a human achievement."
Fantastic. More unnecessary antagonism from Hollywood. Is this getting old for anyone else?
A movie that could have saved itself from politicization with simple reshoots is now probably fated to go the way of the NFL. I expect that some folks on the right will call for a boycott. First Man's viewership will disappoint because refusing to see the film will become a method of virtue signaling.
And while Gosling is absolutely right that landing on the moon itself was a monumental event for the entirety of mankind, NASA’s decision to plant an American flag and not a U.N. flag on the surface of our lunar neighbor was uniquely special for American citizens.
We could have had a moment of national unity through an apolitical retelling of the life of an American hero. Why does Hollywood and the entertainment culture delight in mucking perfectly good things up with political statements?
The statement is played out, but appropriate here: this is how you got Trump. It is how you will continue to get Trump. As long as a certain large group of Americans feels deliberately needled by cultural leaders who hold them in contempt, they will care less about Trump’s moral failings because he makes those cultural leaders crazed by his mere presence.
Schadenfreude is a powerful drug. Seemingly un-American decisions by Hollywood bigwigs only increase its potency for Trump voters. Donald Trump thanks you for your 2020 campaign donation, Ryan Gosling.