“First Man” Movie Raises Disturbing Reminder Of Racial Inequality Or Something

It’s always something with these people. Always some sort of Grievance. Always putting people in boxes. Always finding ways to tear things down rather than build them up

“First Man” Raises Disturbing Reminder of Racial Inequality
Gil Scott-Heron’s “Whitey on the Moon” plays a pivotal role in the film.

Um, it was whitey on the moon. Funny how the people who complain about raaaaacism so often devolve into being racists (the line does refer to a song that is mentioned later in the screed)

Ryan Gosling grimaces and grinds his teeth and suffers mostly silently as heroic Neil Armstrong in Oscar winner Damien Chazelle’s First Man, out Friday. The title is short for first man on the moon for those who weren’t around in 1969 when the dude took “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Or, well, some of it. Fifty years later America doesn’t do such an out-of-this-world job when it comes to racial inclusivity. First Man is a reminder of such inequality.

The early reception for Chazelle’s space epic since its premiere at the Telluride Film Festival last month has been superlative. Under the National Review headline “First Man is the movie of the Year,” my friend and former New York Post colleague Kyle Smith joined with the majority who found the biopic 82 percent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. He crowed: “First Man is why we go to the movies.”

To that I ask, “What do you mean we, white man?” as the punchline to the old Lone Ranger and Tonto joke goes.

Nothing like the last month in America shows the cracks in the American melting pot, and the impossibility of a cultural “we.” Most semi-woke individuals sometime during the 141-minute movie will notice the absence of people of color in speaking roles. Not there on the mammoth screen. Not there historically. Not in space. (And possibly absent from the audience.)

Well, most won’t get there now, because they’re teaching their kids to be rap stars, and Democrats are keeping them stupid on the inner city plantations, not giving one damn about the violence, drugs, poverty, babies born out of wedlock and with multiple male (absent) fathers, poor education, and squalor. As long as the vote Democrat through giving them a bit of government assistance is all Democrats care about

It’s the beat that stays with you long after you’ve left the theater. As then, so now, Scott-Heron articulates the disconnect between the space race and the underclass. We can send a man to the moon but we can’t care for our people on the street and in the ghetto. This track, to quote The Atlantic’s Alexis C. Madrigal, “changed the way I thought about the space race forever. It anchored the flight into the heavens, tethering it to the persistence of racial inequality, and pulling it out of the abstract, universal realm in which we like to place our technical achievements….To which America went the glory of the moon landing? And what did it cost our nation to put whitey on the moon?”

It cost out nation nothing. It bettered out country. It vastly increased our scientific and technical knowledge. We did something the Soviets didn’t (nor has any other country), and all these revisionists forget what was happening in that time period.

Over at The Mary Sue, the insightful critic Kate Gardner expresses that feeling that the film is out of touch with 2018: “[I]t feels as though there’s been a tonal misstep; someone didn’t read the room properly. We don’t need apolitical platitudes. We need stories that challenge us, that inspire us, and that tell us that there is a future rather than living in a moment in the past.”

Actually, what we need are just good movies, not SJW screeds.

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7 Responses to ““First Man” Movie Raises Disturbing Reminder Of Racial Inequality Or Something”

  1. Jethro says:

    Well, most won’t get there now, because they’re teaching their kids to be rap stars, and Democrats are keeping them stupid on the inner city plantations, not giving one damn about the violence, drugs, poverty, babies born out of wedlock and with multiple male (absent) fathers, poor education, and squalor. As long as the vote Democrat through giving them a bit of government assistance is all Democrats care about

    It’s remarkable that Black Americans don’t vote Republic more often. LOL.

    “Blacks are too stupid to vote right!” is the constant refrain of Republics.

    But according to the right-wing media, HIGHER proportions of Black- and Hispanic-Americans support tRump than do Americans as a whole! But of course, 5th grade arithmetic shows that to be highly unlikely.

    Speaking of male sluts, Don tRump has at least 5 children by at least 3 different baby mamas. Plus he has a documented history of sex (with women not his wives) without using contraception, so who knows how many abortions or children he’s responsible for. Is it ‘present’ fatherhood to pay to keep your mistresses quiet or finance their abortions?

    • Dana says:

      Mr Bodine wrote:

      It’s remarkable that Black Americans don’t vote Republic more often. LOL.

      Actually it is; they keep voting for the people who say that they aren’t good enough to make it without ‘whitey’s’ help.

      But, we’ve seen a little bit of progress; black men gave 15% of their votes to Donald trump!

      • Jethro says:

        Mrs. Delaney exhibits the ignorance most Cons do regarding Black voters.

        It was Con Men who used to lynch them. It was Con Men who fought a civil war to keep them as slaves. It was ‘whitey’ Con Men with their boots on the throats of Black men, women and children for most of America’s history. It is Con Men today who hate them.

  2. formwiz says:

    Little Jeffery is confused again. It’s the Lefties that are castigating blacks for thinking for themselves.

    He also forgets that inner-city hellholes are Democrat-run Lefty paradises.

    But according to the right-wing media, HIGHER proportions of Black- and Hispanic-Americans support tRump than do Americans as a whole!

    Which media? It’s the Lefty polls showing minority approval of Trump rising. And Trump’s approval these days is higher than either Willie’s or Zippy’s at the same point, so where does it says Trump’s approval is less with whites? Citation, por favor.

    he has a documented history of sex (with women not his wives) without using contraception

    You wouldn’t care to back that up?

  3. Jl says:

    I could have said “the NBA raises disturbing reminders of racial inequality”, and it wouldn’t have been as stupid as the title of the post. But…liberals..

  4. Jl says:

    “Blacks are too stupid to vote right is the refrain of Republics.” “Blacks are too stupid to know how to obtain an ID” is the constant refrain of liberals.

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