When you recall America’s historic mission to put a man on the moon, what is the first image that comes to mind?
Whether you learned about the milestone in a classroom, or were fortunate enough to witness the event unfold in real time, chances are the image is the same — a brave astronaut planting the symbol of freedom around the world into the Moon’s soil. Apparently, Hollywood has a different idea.
An upcoming film, titled First Man, will reportedly leave this timeless iconography out — supposedly as part of an effort to rebrand the event as a “human achievement” rather than a uniquely American one. Apparently, we’re supposed to believe that Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and the rest of the crew flew to the moon with no sense of American pride.
While Armstrong can’t exactly chime in on the debate, Aldrin was more than happy to. In response to the news, Adrin tweeted out a photo of the historic event alongside an image of him saluting. The post came with a hashtag that read “proud to be an American.”
Of course there was patriotism involved. President John F. Kennedy himself said as much when he delivered one of the most quoted speeches in American history.
Hollywood’s whitewashing of history didn’t begin with this film, and it certainly won’t end with it. Look forward to films resembling the image to the left in the future.
~ Facts Not Memes