Trevor Noah couldn’t resist hitting the controversy of the flag-less moment in the upcoming “First Man.”
Naturally, the liberal “Daily Show” host assumed the most anti-American angle he could explore in doing so.
The film, starring Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong, reportedly shares the astronaut’s historic moon landing while omitting the moment that made most Americans swell with pride: Armstrong planting the stars and stripes on the surface of the moon.
The kerfuffle led to the usual Left/Right battle. Conservatives raged, saying a film about the moon landing simply had to have that signature moment. The nation risked too much to make that achievement possible, including beating Russia to the geo-political punch.
Liberals fired back, saying the finished film (out October 12) features its fair share of American flag closeups and artists can tell stories any which way they please.
Even President Donald Trump weighed in, saying he wouldn’t watch the movie after hearing about the flagless moon landing sequence.
So how did Noah address a subject that speaks to the American spirit in ways few historical moments can? If you guessed he’d use the moon landing as an excuse to blast the nation, give yourself a prize.
The moon landing was very much an American thing. And to be honest, as someone from the rest of the world, we don’t want credit for America’s moon landing, right, because I don’t know what happened up there. We saw the astronauts come down, they planted the flag, and then the video cuts off, right? For all we know, as soon as that clip ended, they did a genocide of all the native moon people, buried them in a mass grave somewhere on the dark side of the moon, and then someday, the moon people are going to come down to Earth and be like, “You guys did that to us.” And we’re going to be like, “No, we didn’t do that. The Americans did it. Did you see the flag? The flag? That wasn’t us.
Many media critics applauded when Noah took over for Jon Stewart on Comedy Central’s late night show. He brought the standard progressive bona fides to the gig, the kind liberal media critics adore. Plus, as a South African by birth he could view the political landscape from a fresh outsider’s perspective.
The latter sounds fine on paper, but in reality Noah simply assumes the same anti-American posture the far Left routinely embraces.
Or as Governor Andrew Cuomo might say, America was “never that great.”