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It was set up so perfectly.

To kick start the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon, 2018’s First Man—the epic story of Armstrong’s journey to become the first man to walk on the moon—would be nominated for Best Picture. Ryan Gosling would be nominated for Best Actor for portraying the heroic astronaut.

Yet it was not meant to be, as First Man was accused of being anti-American for failing to show the planting of the American flag on the moon. The conservatives the film depended on stayed at home out of patriotism, ironically boycotting a beautiful movie that depicted the finest moment in the history of our nation. It was an insurmountable hole even the powerful engines of the Saturn V rocket couldn’t help First Man escape. Despite an 87 percent fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes (meaning top-rated movie reviewers loved the movie), the movie only made $44 million domestically on a $59 million budget.

The conservative boycott and the film’s resulting lackluster financial performance is a major reason First Man was slighted during awards season. First Man, Ryan Gosling, and Damien Chazelle were not nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor or Best Director, respectively, at the Golden Globes.

For the 2019 Academy Awards, First Man was also snubbed in these categories, though it did pick up nominations for Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Mixing, Best Production Design, and Best Sound Editing. This is a reminder the Academy was aware of the high production quality of the movie, but something kept it from being sent into orbit.

The movie that picked up the big nominations instead is Black Panther. The nonexistent technology of a fantasy African kingdom thus trumped what a 90-percent-white nation accomplished in 1969 using computers with less power than an iPhone. The success of Black Panther over First Man in part reflects critics’ desire for multicultural fantasy instead of racial reality.

Kate Gardner, a movie reviewer at The Mary Sue, blasted First Man for its whiteness, calling it a “technically stunning film made at the wrong time.”

I’m glad they decided against making it a story of American exceptionalism, but as with most historical films, they decide to focus mostly on white men.

Already, I can hear the fingers clacking away to tell me that the story had to focus on white men, that Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling) and the other astronauts at the time were mostly white and all male so what did I expect?

And then there’s the political context, which hovers over the film like the moon. Singer and Chazelle peel away the idea of American exceptionalism, and instead leave a tale of the exceptional white man. The political climate is stripped away, referenced to in news broadcasts and one scene of protest. We are given a sanitized version of history, and quite frankly, I do not know whether it would have been worse to have raw patriotism or this whitewashed version of events.

Josh Singer, the screenwriter for First Man, even apologized for his own film. He undermined the extraordinary subject and said it was just a “ordinary family in history story.” He also apologized for the film’s whiteness: “We wanted to be as technically accurate as we could,” he said. “And at the time, it was [all] white men. And that wasn’t right, but that’s what it was. So if you’re gonna be technically accurate—and in part, we’re so technically accurate because we’re trying to shed this new perspective on a narrative that’s been sugarcoated—you’ve got to be accurate and depict the time for all its strengths and flaws.”

One of America’s future elite opinion makers at Harvard also attacked the whiteness of the movie. “Undeniably, white men are at the helm of this film,” wrote Caroline Tsai. “They cluster around clunky computers and tensely murmur to each other. They take long walks. They sit in backyards and clink bottles of beer, gazing at stars. While their story is a valid and meaningful one, it’s also historically been the only one, and in an age of increasing representation—even in another film regarding this very historical event—it’s hard to view First Man as anything other than regression.”

Celebrating great moments in American history, if they involve white males, is “regression.”

Back in 1995, Ron Howard’s brilliant Apollo 13, chronicling the “successful failure” of a seemingly doomed lunar mission that was able to return successfully to Earth, was one of the top grossing movies of the year. It was also nominated for nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

No one complained about the whiteness in the movie. No one associated with the movie apologized for the lack of diversity depicted.

But 24 years is an eternity in America’s culture war. American whites have been so bruised and battered that even celebrations of universally acknowledged achievements lead to political criticism.

The two films treat one tragic episode of the space race very differently. Whereas the Apollo 13 briefly mentioned the terrifying death of the three astronauts of Apollo One, First Maninvests a great deal of time on Ed White (played by Jason Clarke), who was Armstrong’s neighbor and the first American to walk in space. We get to know his wife and children as well, so when the fire during a routine test takes the lives of White, Gus Grissom and Roger Chaffee, the audience feels real horror.

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While the Apollo One astronauts are burning alive, Armstrong is shown pressing the flesh at an event in Washington, D.C. He is talking to a U.S. senator who expresses doubt about the cost of the mission and public support. Especially when juxtaposed with what is happening to Apollo One, Armstrong’s response captures that quintessential Western spirit of discovery and innovation in the face of danger. “We only learned to fly sixty years ago, so I think if you consider the technological developments in the context of history, it’s really not . . .”

Though he’s interrupted before he can finish his point, one can’t help but reflect on what he said. Within one lifetime, white men traveled from Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, to the moon.

Yet this spirit of exploration has been sacrificed to the supposed moral imperative of achieving diversity. The fantasy created by Black Panther was an important step in this effort. Believe it or not, Black Panther is the highest rated movie in the history of cinema according to Rotten Tomatoes. After all, what reviewer would endanger his job by giving it a bad review? In contrast to the criticisms of First Man for being too white, Black Pantherwas universally praised for its almost entirely black cast.

Back in 2015, the Academy Awards was attacked for being too white. The Twitter hashtag #OscarsSoWhite took off and Hollywood was condemned for honoring white actors, actresses, and directors, and movies with primarily white casts.

In 2016, these attacks were deafening as the Academy Awards again dared to honor whites. Thus, behind the rallying cry of #OscarsSoWhite, affirmative action came to the Academy Awards.

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science pledged to double the number of “women and diverse members” and undertook a new recruitment effort to find new members “who represent greater diversity.”

This year’s Oscars represent the fruit of that effort. First Man represents a great American achievement and is criticized and ignored. We aren’t allowed to celebrate America’s greatness because to do so is to celebrate the accomplishments of white men. Instead, we are told to celebrate a fictional ethnostate—that is, as long as it’s black.

(Republished from American Renaissance by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. MuhDeek says:

    I guess all the exceptional DinDu murder monkeys will propel our space program into the future now.

  2. Rational says:

    THERE WAS NO MOON LANDING—IT IS JUST A HOAX.

    I agree the Oscars are rigged, but about the moon landing: As I have stated before, it is not possible to land on the moon.

    A rocket can take off, fine, but it cannot land. A rocket cannot slow down, travel backwards and land on its tail (using thrust). As the rocket slows down to land, a slight misalignment of T would cause torque and would cause the rocket to start spinning uncontrollably and even faster due to increased mis-alignment, and crash.

    There is no atmosphere or oceans on the moon to help the rockets land. And no launch pad to hold it to help it accelerate greatly while remaining straight to take off for the return journey.

    They claim that these rockets flew to the moon at about 25,000 mph avg, reaching the moon in about 10 hrs. This is not possible, because, even today, the fastest unmanned ICBM’s with a small load, mostly fuel head to tail (95%), small range, only a few hundred mile alt, can barely reach max 10,000 (or 15K) mph—and that too, during descent, aided by gravity like free fall.

    The whole thing was just a sci-fi movie filmed in a desert in Western USA. Fake News of the 60’s.

    See: https://listverse.com/2012/12/28/10-reasons-the-moon-landings-could-be-a-hoax/

  3. Antiwar7 says:
    @Rational

    Never heard of modern control theory? If not, then helicopters are impossible, too. They’re inherently unstable.

    • Replies: @Joe Stalin
  4. c matt says:

    ICBMs are also travelling parallel(ish) to gravity, not trying to escape it, and have more atmospheric friction to deal with. In theory, at least, the gravitational force of the Earth, as well as frictional forces, should diminish as distance from it increases allowing for faster speeds. But hey, I am neither a rocket scientist nor Wakandian, so what do I know.

    Saw the Black Panther movie when my wife mistakenly bought it on DVD thinking I might be interested having seen other Marvel movies. It was as bad as the Hulk movies, although at least the effects were a little better. If this is the best picture of the year, it has been a bad year for pictures.

  5. joef says:

    I have been listening to leftist inspired Wakanda type fantasies from afro americans in the NYC area my whole time living there. On top of that, is their paranoid conspiracy theories regarding their lack of achievement. And additionally their silly pronouncements how they were all Kings & Queens in Africa before the White man showed up (really, who did the work then if they were all kings??).

    This exhibits an infantile capacity to avoid responsibility for their own self created circumstances, always looking for the blame whitey scapegoat, in order to desperately escape accountability.
    The severe complication going forward with Nonblack America’s relationship with the afro is an inverse relationship of detrimental forces:

    A diminishing economic capacity causing difficulty in providing unearned afro entitlement burdens, while afro animosity increases (that is routinely exhibited through violent acts towards Nonblacks). And at the same time ignored by our feckless craven Limousine Liberal culture, trying to keep the recognition of the actual victims out of their safe space fantasy mindset.

    But as afro aggression increases with economic ability to support the unproductive afro decreases, what then? Afros want the reality challenged amount of $100 T in reparations, what is going to happen when we cannot even afford a welfare check, garbage pickup, road maintenance, and the scarcity of long lines for food & fuel.

    Afros know nothing else but to blame whitey for everything, so the violent acts are not going to reduce after they stop getting what they want. So whats the end result of a trend line that shows increased debt, reduce economic capacity, resultant scarcity, reduction in government services (especially welfare), unsupportable afro demands, with increased afro resentment of whitey. It will obviously not yield a positive outcome.

    What is likely is eventual failed state like conditions in many regions of this nation, but also a strong potential for an afro american initiated race war. Thats the harsh reality (and a lot of limo libs will suffer the consequences for the false belief that the afro actually distinguishes them from any other whitey).

    Many Nonblacks didn’t want it to get this far. Many rational thinking Black Americans don’t want this either.
    Yet it is being forced upon us.

    If we do not change course, this trend line eventually arrives at its disastrous destination. Once there, either adapt or die. Those are our choices, either make the hard choices now, or suffer later. My optimism for us actually changing course is about zero.

    • Replies: @Non PC Infidel
  6. what a 90-percent-white nation accomplished in 1969 using computers with less power than an iPhone.

    Not even CLOSE to an iPhone. More like a modern toaster.

  7. @Rational

    Here are modern satellite photos from the Apollo 14 and 17 landing sites, featuring rover tracks.

    https://www.space.com/12835-nasa-apollo-moon-landing-sites-photos-lro.html

    You’re welcome.

    • LOL: Truth
    • Replies: @RedMoonJournal
  8. Okechukwu says:

    Pick a better movie. First Man was garbage.

  9. @Rational

    You do realize that they removed the camera from the Surveyor 2 unmanned lunar lander and brought it back to earth on Apollo 12, don’t you? And that it’s on display in public. And that over 800 pounds of lunar material has been brought back. And that University of Chicago scientist Dr. Edward Anders was one of the people that did analysis of the Apollo 11 samples.

  10. Pontius says:
    @Rational

    The lunar lander was not a rocket landing on its tail. That would have been stupid.

    Oh, hang on a minute…

    I guess you can pack quite a few iPhones on that thing.

  11. Someone should make a movie like those Christian movies but where everyone except Blacks disappears in America. Then they could show how the Black man rises to the occasion; Blacks become Phd Math holders, Astronauts that land on Mars, Physicists and Chemists that are awarded Nobels, Chicago without daily shootings and of course, Big Cities with Balanced budgets.

    Maybe Spike Lee could be convinced to become the producer and Denzel Washington the lead.

    • Replies: @Tony Schnee
    , @Truth
  12. @Rational

    “A rocket cannot slow down, travel backwards and land on its tail (using thrust).”

    That’s why the Lunar Module Descent Engine was a triumph of USA technology in 1969.

    “According to NASA history publication Chariots for Apollo, “The lunar module descent engine probably was the biggest challenge and the most outstanding technical development of Apollo.”[2] A requirement for a throttleable engine was new for manned spacecraft. Very little advanced research had been done in variable-thrust rocket engines up to that point. Rocketdyne proposed a pressure-fed engine using the injection of inert helium gas into the propellant flow to achieve thrust reduction at a constant propellant flow rate. While NASA’s Manned Spacecraft Center (MSC) judged this approach to be plausible, it represented a considerable advance in the state of the art. (In fact, accidental ingestion of helium pressurant proved to be a problem on AS-201, the first flight of the Apollo Service Module engine in February 1966.) Therefore, MSC directed Grumman to conduct a parallel development program of competing designs.[2]”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Descent_propulsion_system

    https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/822318.pdf

  13. @joef

    As per blacks claiming to have been Kings and Queens in Africa, I’ve worked with African men who’ve moved to the USA and, invariably, they all claimed to be the “son of a King!” This was always said in a very self-important, egotistical manner with the expectation that the listener would be impressed and awed by their “royalty.” I offended many of them by asking if their father was a King, who was his Prime Minister? I also asked how big the King’s Army, Navy and Air Force was. That always resulted in dead silence and my being given dirty looks. Then, one day, an African I was conversing with finally confessed as to what his father being a King actually meant. It meant that his father was the oldest man in the village and everyone else came to him for advice. I suspect a “Queen” was also just some old black female squatting in the dirt in front of a hut and giving out advice as well.

    The whole point is that blacks are prone to gross exaggerations and will apply the title of King or Queen to a position that, in reality, doesn’t even equate to being the mayor of a small town and is more like someone’s grandfather or grandmother sitting on a porch doling out advice. In that respect, many blacks in America could very well be the descendants of “kings and queens” but they stupidly believe that this meant their ancestors were living in palaces and riding around in 17th century royal carriages like European royalty ala the Eddie Murphy film, “Coming to America.” It’s hilarious and pathetic all at the same time. In their tiny little delusional minds, each one is the Prince of Zamunda and would be living large if not for the white man taking all that away from them. Their desperation to feel important is so great that even the aforementioned movie was given an “image award” by the NAACP as it made delusional blacks feel good about themselves- much in the same way they’re reacting to the absurd comic book fantasy movie, “Black Panther.”

    • Replies: @joef
  14. @Joe Stalin

    But Joe they did, it was called Hurricane Katrina. It was a powerful tale of how the civil servants of a Chocolate City came to the rescue of their Brothas and Sistas, well actually they were too busy stealing everything not nailed down. And the courageous mayor, maybe Denzel could play him, ran around like a chicken with it’s head cut off dodging calls from the governor, FEMA, and W himself (since he didn’t want to be outed as the dumbass he was).

  15. @Rational

    Musk’s reusable rockets are backing down to a landing on a barge in the ocean.
    Go to NASA and see the collection of moon rocks they have to study.

  16. joef says:
    @Non PC Infidel

    If it was just a matter of exaggerated grandiose self importance, then it could be harmlessly dismissed as a mere annoyance. However, they are trying to reclaim what they believe was lost by them. When they demand $100T in reparations, we may recognize it as ludicrously impossible objective, but their intent is a serious one. The politicians/MSM/academia are enabling a very dangerous irrational mindset for an entitlement that cannot ever be realistically attained. Since the leftist are so earnestly promising reparations, the natural reaction from these infantile afro americans for not getting their reparations is “whitey must be holding out on us”.

    I don’t hold most afros as culpable as leftist, and limo liberals, because they are mostly intellectual simpletons. It is the leftist who mostly encourage afros with their unrealistic expectations. And leftist are fully culpable for their encouragement of afro animosity against whitey, and the economic burdens placed by the unbearable afro entitlements. If there was ever a afro declared race war, leftist should be held fully responsible for what they wrought upon us. [If so, they should be charged with war crimes, and severely punished accordingly, that is if they survived the resultant chaos. Being snowflakes, I doubt they could stand the destruction that they fostered, and would mostly die off. Not much loss there.].

  17. Truth says:
    @Joe Stalin

    They make like 10 movies a year like that.

  18. El Dato says:
    @Rational

    “I can’t into physics and will proclaim so loudly on the Interwebs.”

    …. unless this is parody of those unsufferable subhumans on the infrared side of the Denning-Krueger effect who seem to survive using their brainstem only and who have no clue how the iPhone they use to comment on websites while commuting even works or how it evolved, except that they are sure that it gives them cancer.

    Btw, a good read:

    https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/digital-apollo

    And anyway, remember Chinese? They are not doing restaurants only anymore.

  19. The programmers, too, were overwhelmingly white men, although the office manager was a white woman who could code. Truly expectional women, and women who truly needed an income due to lacking a spousal income, always played a role in workplaces.

    But most of the other women did the work of raising their own children in those days, rather than pushing that work off onto to low-wage daycare attendants, poorly paid babysitters under the eye of NannyCams and retired-in-name-only grandparents.

    The USA, in turn, had a much bigger middle class in that era when the few good-paying jobs were spread out over more households. We did not have middle-class-crushing wealth concentration from assortative mating at the time when men walked on the moon.

    Moms were not coddled in “having it all”—like anyone in life has it all. They were not coddled with a ton of lax-to-the-max workplace-absenteeism privileges beyond their PTO and pregnancy leaves, voted-best-for-moms-job cronyism, monthly welfare that eliminates their major expenses in single-breadwinner households and child tax credits up to $6,431.

    Working moms weren’t showered with welfare in single-earner households that stay under the earned-income limits for the programs via part-time hours or when the moms work temp gigs, collecting welfare during non-working months.

    American workplaces did not revolve around mom-bonding rituals, like Halloween dress-up days and baby-mommy-look-alike-bulletin-board-decorating contests. Workplaces did not revolve around things that serve as consolations for moms who are willing (and able) to accept low-as-you-go pay due to their 1) spousal income, 2) rent-covering child support or 3) unearned income for womb productivity from Uncle Sam. Work was about the work, and surprise, they did truly excellent things, like putting men—yes men—on the moon.

    • Replies: @M. Hartley
    , @Anon7
  20. First Man’s issues are not about white skin. First Man had to climb the hurdles of

    “The Right Stuff” and “Apollo Thirteen”.

  21. @Felix Krull

    At the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, you can see the actual Apollo 8 command module up close.

    https://www.msichicago.org/explore/whats-here/events/to-the-moon-and-back-again/

  22. @Endgame Napoleon

    Work was about the work

    There are still a few places like like that, but they are rare and rapidly becoming rarer. Despite the stunning advances in technology over the years since 1969, it’s not even clear that we could repeat the mission today.

  23. Anon7 says:
    @Endgame Napoleon

    I worked as a contract technical writer for one of America’s biggest technology companies in the 1980’s. At our division, the technical writing department head was female, as were the three managers supervising the rest of us peons (about 50/50 men and women, about 40 of us, all white). We all sat together in our own little cubicle farm, with conference rooms, copier rooms, etc.

    I’ve never worked at a company, before or since, that had quite that level of required play days. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter – all of these days featured full day long party events in which everyone was expected to decorate their cubicles and dress up. The women employees had elaborate costumes and cubicle decorations for every seasonal day. Required events included gift exchanges with various rules, 10 am – 3 pm brunches will meals brought from home, a variety of group party games, etc.

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