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The moon landing was an American achievement despite movie’s depiction

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The moon landing was an American achievement despite movies depiction

Any achievement by a human is a human achievement. Common sense tells us this, but that didn’t stop actors and the director for First Man from using this as the excuse for not showing one of the most iconic moments in world history, the planting of the American flag on the moon.

I won’t be seeing this movie because of its clear political motivations (contrary to their denials) and attempt to downplay America’s solitary role in this wonderful achievement. Apparently, I’m not alone.

Weekend Box Office: ‘First Man’ Losing Badly to ‘Star Is Born,’ ‘Venom’

https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/8479810/weekend-box-office-first-man-star-is-born-venom-lady-gaga-bradley-cooperUnless Saturday (Oct. 13) brings a course change, Universal’s critically acclaimed astronaut drama First Man is headed for a muted domestic debut of $16.8 million after earning $5.9 million on Friday from 3,640 theaters. The hope is that the adult-skewing film will be buoyed by a long run throughout awards season.

It’s not clear so far whether a dust-up over Chazelle’s decision not to show the famous image of Armstrong planting the American flag on the moon is impacting the film, whose theater count includes Imax runs.

No matter how much Hollywood hates America and does everything it can to downplay our accomplishments while highlighting our mistakes, many Americans are unwilling to reward them for their hatred. This was a conscious decision to spite the United States. It’s plain and simple.

It isn’t just an insult to Americans. It wasn’t received very well by some who participated in the event.

Buzz Aldrin slams ‘First Man’ for not showing US flag during moon landing

https://nypost.com/2018/09/03/buzz-aldrin-slams-first-man-for-not-showing-us-flag-during-moon-landing/Legendary Apollo 11 astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin took a swipe at the upcoming movie “First Man” late Sunday for its director’s decision not to show the planting of the American flag on the moon during the historic 1969 mission.

Aldrin, 88, who was the second man to step on the moon, behind crewmate Neil Armstrong, posted historical photos of the flag-planting and added the hashtag “Proud to be an American.”

“Patriotism” may be a dirty word in Hollywood, but there are still millions of Americans who take pride in our achievements. To those Americans, I ask this: Please do not reward anti-American political statements by going to see First Man.

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President Trump lowers himself to SNL’s level every time he gives them attention

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President Trump lowers himself to SNLs level every time he gives them attention

Many conservatives have been in the midst of a conundrum since the 2016 election. On one hand, there are things to like about President Trump’s agenda as he cuts bureaucracy, reduces our tax burden, and addresses certain foreign policy issues appropriately. On the other hand, he has the temperament of a high school student at times and seems reluctant to act like the President of the United States.

The latest example of his willingness to dive into the fray with unimportant but insulting entities is his ongoing war with SNL and NBC.

My advice to the President:

Seriously, Mr. President, please just ignore them. Yes, they insult you. Yes, they mock you. Yes, they hate you. But you’re doing them a favor when you pay so much attention to them just because they were able to prick below your paper-thin skin. Collusion? No. It’s comedy, and not very funny comedy at that. There’s nothing they can do to actually hurt you in the eyes of the American public because those who are still watching aren’t your friends anyway. Even if some of your allies are watching, it’s not like they’re saying to themselves, “Man, I liked Trump but now that I’ve seen Alex Baldwin’s latest skit, I’m changing my mind.”

This is below the President. It’s so far below the President that much lesser-known people who get made fun of by SNL have the common sense to either ignore it or play along with the gag. President Trump is one of the few people of power who actually takes SNL seriously enough to draw as much attention to them as possible. It’s counterproductive and will only make them want to attack more often.

How many people actually watched the skit before the President Tweeted it? Now, he’s chosen to make the skit go viral, emboldening Baldwin and the whole SNL crew into wanting to make fun of him even more. It’s one of the saddest displays of inappropriate attention being given to something so far below the White House it’s a wonder that he took the time to Tweet about it, let along watch it and get masses of others to watch it as well.

Every time he gives SNL this level of attention, all he does is reaffirm what his detractors already think while making his supporters scratch their head wondering why the most powerful man in the world is whining about a comedy sketch.

 


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This old Tweet by Jussie Smollett may have been prescient as a condemnation of his gullible supporters

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As the walls (and possibly law enforcement) continue to close in on actor Jussie Smollett following reports he hoaxed the world by pretending to be attacked by Trump supporters, a Tweet from 2016 is quite interesting.

In today’s context, this quote would demonize those who believed Smollett’s suspicious claims without even considering the possibility they could be made up. It’s one thing to think Trump supporters are racist. It’s another to take this belief and use it as intellectual cover to blind one to obvious truths. Smollett seems to be calling out the very people who have supported him.

 


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As Jussie Smollett story evolves, let’s not give it the Covington Catholic School treatment

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When a juicy story hits social media, the instant reaction is to run with it and all the implications. That’s the nature of our on-demand, always-on, real-time media world. The only thing faster than hot takes from the first hint of a story are the assumptions made by both sides regardless of the details.

Such is the case with Jussie Smollett, the actor who was allegedly attacked by MAGA-loving bigots. Smollett, a gay man of color, was allegedly targeted on the streets of Chicago, but now reports are coming in that it may have been an elaborate hoax designed to help him save his job on the cast of Empire.

But so far, police have only confirmed that Smollett is still being treated as a victim. Yes, there were two persons of interest questioned by police. Yes, Smollett skipped a voluntary interview with police this morning. Yes, the story was strange from the start and this new narrative seems to match much better regardless of which side of the political or cultural aisle you’re on.

And yet, nothing has been confirmed.


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It’s incumbent on us, whether journalists or simply social media users, to wait for the facts before jumping to conclusions. It works in both directions.

Was it all a hoax? Possibly. Some who are looking at he evidence today and the report released by local Chicago news may come to the conclusion that a hoax was likely. But let’s not assume until the truth is revealed by officials.

 


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