Politics

Know your Audience, Why “First Man” Crashed and Burned.

When Donald Trump stands before a crowd he knows why they’re there, and what they came to hear. He delivers every time. Why? Because he speaks from the heart, not a teleprompter.

Not all people in Public life are built this way. Without prepared remarks, they’re lost. The most obvious example is Trump’s immediate predecessor.

However, I come before you today not to disparage Barack Obama, and certainly not to praise him.

No, my purpose is to discuss blatant stupidity in Hollywood.

As a general topic I could fill an encyclopedia. That’s a book that ostensibly contained all the pertinent information about a subject in printed form for those born in the age of the Internet.

This specific incident of gross stupidity on the part of the Hollywood elite, was the failure to include the most important moment of the Apollo 11 story, the planting of the American flag on the moon.

Contrary to what the producers and their Canadian star would have you believe, the Apollo program was not sponsored by or paid for by the International community. It was underwritten by the American taxpayer.

When then President John Kennedy made his famous speech in 1961 he said:

“Now it is time to take longer strides–time for a great new American enterprise–time for this nation to take a clearly leading role in space achievement, which in many ways may hold the key to our future on earth.”

The Apollo programs was brought to fruition by Americans. Those who were born here, and those who chose to become a part of the “Last best hope of Earth.”

The road to the Moon was was paved with the blood, sweat, toil and lives of Americans dedicated not only to land a man on the lunar surfice, but to beat the Russians to it, or die trying, and many did.

This idea after all was formulated at the height of the cold war.

Had this been a mission on behalf of the World community as the filmmakers have postulated, it would have been the flag of the United Nations, not the United States, that remains visible to this day on the surface of Earth’s satellite.

In this age of advanced and rapidly changing technology, today’s youth is too jaded to appreciate the sacrifice required to achieve this milestone in history, one that remains to be replicated.

By removing the most iconic moment from the film, the heart of the story has been “left on the cutting room floor” along with the Studios profits as it failed to rise above third place in it’s opening weekend.

To paraphrase Obama’s Pastor the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, “Hollywood’s Chickens, have come home to roost!”

Image Copyright Universal Studios,

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  1. Hollyweird has long been the factory of dreams, but most recently, of a whole slew of nightmares. The garbage-in garbage-out trope, seems to have been missed by the executives of the Californian cinematic entertainment industry. This just underlines why political propaganda, is always a box-office disaster.

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  2. Wonderful article! Before he died in 2012 at the age of 82, Armstrong explained why the American flag was left on the moon surface. He said, “In the end, it was decided by Congress that this was a United States project. We were not going to make any territorial claim, but we were to let people know that we were here and put up a U.S. flag. My job was to get the flag there.” The Apollo missions to the moon reflected the genius of American scientific minds, and this film blatantly slaps this American triumph in the face all for the sake of being politically correct. Eventually, film enthusiasts will become frustrated with everything in their culture being embroiled onto this “politically correct bandwagon.” Hollywood will suffer for their idiocy.

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