What if they made a movie about Neil Armstrong landing on the moon and didn't include an American flag?
The late Neil Armstrong’s 1969 trip to the moon may have been “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” but it was also a massive achievement for the United States.
One of Armstrong’s first orders of business was to proudly plant the American flag, after all.
But Ryan Gosling, the Canadian actor who plays Armstrong in “First Man,” Hollywood’s rendition of the moon landing, told the Telegraph the magic moment was intentionally omitted from the big screen because Armstrong’s achievement “transcended countries and borders.”
“First Man” is getting rave reviews at the Venice Film Festival, but critics noted the unpatriotically sanitized flick is missing something important, and Gosling explained he worked with French-Canadian director Damien Chazelle and the Armstrong family to decide on its key moments.
“I think this was widely regarded in the end as a human achievement (and) that’s how we chose to view it,” he said. “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.”
I'm glad the moon landing was a "human achievement." Can we now bill the rest of the world for some of the $200 billion ($25 billion in 1967 dollars) spent by American taxpayers to get there?
Back in the 1960s, there was very little "outsourcing." Almost every single one of those 400,000 people who laid hands on one or more elements of the moon mission -- the Saturn V rocket, the command module, the service module, and the lunar lander -- were American.
American corporations designed the system that took us to the moon. American workers built it. The American taxpayer paid for it. And Americans flew the damn bird. It is historically inaccurate and terribly, terribly unfair not to recognize the one nation that achieved the impossible dream of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to earth by showing the planting of the flag on the surface of another heavenly body.