Buzz Aldrin to Hollywood and Its Omission of the Flag in 'First Man': Buzz Off

Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin, the first men to land on the moon, plant the U.S. flag on the lunar surface, July 20, 1969. Photo was made by a 16mm movie camera inside the lunar module, shooting at one frame per second. (Nasa via AP)



You may have recently heard of the controversy surrounding Ryan Gosling’s new film, First Man.

The movie — a telling of American astronauts’ 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing — is curiously missing the iconic planting of an American flag on the mysterious orb’s surface.


As covered by RedState’s Jennifer Van Laar, Gosling explained the omission by stating that, essentially, Neil Armstrong (played by the former Mickey Mouse Club star) really just saw the world as one big giant hunk o’ humans.

Perhaps Gosling’s comments are the result of growing up Canadian, or growing up into a doofus. Either way, he’s clearly clueless. That was not the mood of the nation’s late 60’s space program.

Another explanation: Hollywood, in its deep desire for a hefty Chinese box office, politely kept the Stars and Stripes from view.

Okay. But would planting the flag have seriously blackballed the project internationally? The actors are white men, speaking English. Will the Chinese now mistake them for two regular fellas from Hangzhou?

Either way, the flag is nowhere to be seen.

It seems that JFK, the government, and NASA broke their necks to reach the moon so the United States of One Planet could celebrate.

Personally, I think the move on the part of Universal Pictures was a tremendous mistake. No one wants to watch the moon landing without the historic event’s most famous moments being depicted. Furthermore, the stellar achievement was a product of the Cold War, and thus, the flag was an extremely important part of the mission’s success.

Neil Armstrong isn’t here to give his opinion — the American hero passed away in 2012.

But Armstrong’s lunar compadre, 88-year-old Buzz Aldrin, chimed in Sunday. And he doesn’t seem too much on the side of #OneWorld.


By the way: the moon thing is notable; yet I’m more impressed that the nearly-ninety-year-old Aldrin uses Twitter. I’m still trying to orient my parents to the finer details of email.

Moving on, here’s Buzz telling Hollywood to buzz off:

Nicely done.


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