Flagless ‘Armstrong’ Flick Raises Flap
A new movie about Neil Armstrong - the first man on the moon - is creating a flap of its own for it's use - or lack thereof - of the American flag.
Those of us old enough to remember the first moon landing - fifty years ago next summer - remember, among other iconic images, the sight of Old Glory planted on the moon.
The Movie First Man, about the Apollo XI mission premiered last week (August 30) at the Venice Film Festival to rave reviews. As Business Insider notes one aspect of the film that caused some less positive response, at least among many Americans, was the lack of a scene in which Commander Armstrong and his fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin planed the American flag.
Many conservative Americans have criticized the choice to not include the flag. Others, however have defended it, or written it off as a tempest in a teapot. Buzz Aldrin, the man who accompanied Neil Armstrong, tweeted two of the iconic images of the flag on the moon.
The sons of Neil Armstrong on the other hand have defended the film: “we do not feel this movie is anti-American in the slightest.”