You’re not a real American unless you’re wearing a red, white, and blue bikini while lighting off red, white and blue roman candles out of your nostrils as you sport a huge tattoo of the raising of the flag at Iwo Jima on your right asscheek. Hence, the Neil Armstrong biopic First Man, starring Ryan Gosling, has already been called un-American by failed 2016 presidential candidate Marco Rubio and Breitbart for not including the lunar planting of the flag scene. You’ve probably already stopped reading this to muse about Ryan Gosling in a bikini. Me too.
The Daily Beast reports that Breitbart ran a story critical of First Man entitled Neil Armstrong Movie Starring Canadian Ryan Gosling Doesn’t Feature American Flag. And Marco thought it was the best use of his time to tweet the following after reading a Business Insider article about the movie:
This is total lunacy. And a disservice at a time when our people need reminders of what we can achieve when we work together. The American people paid for that mission,on rockets built by Americans,with American technology & carrying American astronauts. It wasn’t a UN mission. https://t.co/eGwBq7hj8C
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) August 31, 2018
What’s not clear is whether or not any of these esteemed critics have seen the movie. Variety reports that, during a press conference for the movie at the Venice Film Festival, Ryan Gosling was asked about the planting of the flag not being included in the movie. The polite Canadian dared to refer to the moon landing as a human achievement as opposed to being yet another of the thousands of examples of America’s superiority over the rest of the planet.
“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.”
Director Damian Chazelle and Neil Armstrong’s sons both released statements defending the decision.
Chazelle also stood by the film Friday amid the outcry.
“In ‘First Man’ I show the American flag standing on the lunar surface, but the flag being physically planted into the surface is one of several moments of the Apollo 11 lunar EVA that I chose not to focus upon,” he said in a statement. “To address the question of whether this was a political statement, the answer is no. My goal with this movie was to share with audiences the unseen, unknown aspects of America’s mission to the moon — particularly Neil Armstrong’s personal saga and what he may have been thinking and feeling during those famous few hours.”
And this is the man who directed the brilliant opening scene of La La Land on the highway with all the dancing, so shut up, Marco Rubio. And Neil Armstrong’s kids Rick and Mark Armstrong had to get involved, too. They had to get involved because people’s priorities are as askew as the current president’s hair!
We’ve read a number of comments about the film today and specifically about the absence of the flag planting scene, made largely by people who haven’t seen the movie. As we’ve seen it multiple times, we thought maybe we should weigh in.
This story is human and it is universal. Of course, it celebrates an America achievement. It also celebrates an achievement “for all mankind,” as it says on the plaque Neil and Buzz left on the moon. It is a story about an ordinary man who makes profound sacrifices and suffers through intense loss in order to achieve the impossible.
In short, we do not feel this movie is anti-American in the slightest.
Breitbart used to be run by this guy, so draw your own conclusions as to what they’re all about. And Marco Rubio allegedly likes to attend gay foam parties which is sooooooooo early 90s. So you know where his taste level’s at and can a deficiency of common sense be that far behind?