Arts Cinema Rod Liddle
Itís not just the moon landings. Everywhere, the PC brigade is rewriting history
I remember the moon landing very well. I was nine years old. I can remember too my sense of outrageÖ
September 6, 2018
I remember the moon landing very well. I was nine years old. I can remember too my sense of outrage and disillusion. ĎThis is a blatant violation of the moonís dignity and sovereignty,í I told my parents, as the astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong attempted to secure the US flag to the lunar surface. ĎAn act of imperialistic, Zionist barbarism and a statement of intent from the American government that it intends to export its white supremacy throughout the known galaxy. You will note that no people of colour were chosen as astronauts, nor women, nor people with fibromyalgia.í
Aside from anything else, this is cheating the moviegoers. My guess is that people who want to watch something about one of the USís greatest triumphs probably possess a scintilla or two of patriotism. They may be the kind of people who would have enjoyed the film made of Tom Wolfeís fabulous book The Right Stuff, which covered similar territory (and with a rather better cast, not least Ed Harris and Sam Shepard). Gosling and co clearly want the large audience which would be attracted by such a project, but wish to gloss over the inconvenient politics of the time and the political feelings of the audience.
In truth, the moonshot was quintessentially about American triumphalism and almost nothing else ó the good of humanity was not a consideration, except insofar as more successful rocket technology at last put the US ahead of the Soviet Union, behind which repulsive country it had lagged alarmingly, well into the 1960s. It was two fingers to the Russkies and a reminder to the rest of the world that the US was the greatest country on earth. In short, as President Kennedy knew, it was the only thing which could trump Sputnik, Laika and Yuri Gagarin. It won the space race.
And forgive me, because now Iíve just used that word: Trump. Thatís also somewhere in the mix, somewhere lurking in the muddled, murky potage these asinine liberals call a world view. Itís bad enough to be patriotic at the best of times, but to do so when that fascist is waving the Stars and Stripes around would be unconscionable. Meanwhile, the actual benefit to Ďhumankindí as a consequence of the moon landings was ephemeral, fleeting and slight. Nonstick frying pans, anyone?
We are in the Tyranny of Now. A time when the liberals in Hollywood or on our university campuses will rewrite or eradicate history according to their own manifestos, and where everything that happened in the past is subject to a Manichaean divide. In a film about slavery, the black people will be uniquely good, the whites uniquely bad, conveniently avoiding the issue that black Africans instigated the slave trade and continued it long after weíd been pricked by our honky consciences. Attempt to suggest that not everything that came from colonialism was uniformly bad, as one Oxford professor did recently, and you will be subjected to a moronic inferno of howled abuse ó even though, palpably, nothing is quite so black and white as the liberals see it.
The Tyranny of Now, with its weird non-sequiturs: it is perfectly OK for a man to identify as a woman, but once his breasts have been stapled on donít ó for Godís sake ó allow him to wear a kimono, because that would be cultural appropriation. It is cultural appropriation for supermarkets to sell curries, but not cultural appropriation for your local Chinese restaurant to offer pie and chips.
Perhaps we in the West should cavil if the rest of the world embraces democracy, sanitation, an independent judicial system, tolerance, gender equality, decent table manners and an appreciation of fine literature, art and music ó cultural appropriation! Fortunately, or otherwise, most of the rest of the world seems to have resisted these temptations so far.
More of these non-sequiturs, drawn from the Tyranny of Now. It is fine ó no, more than fine, absolutely marvellous ó for the new version of the BBCís Daily Politics to kick off with six women on the panel and not a solitary man. The reverse would be unthinkable, wouldnít it? Why is one form of gender imbalance worse than another? Why do we not worry about the scarcity of male speech therapists, but agonise over the lack of women heart surgeons?
Buzz Aldrin responded to the film I mention above by tweeting a photograph of himself saluting the American flag on the moon. ĎProud to be an American,í he said. Oh, you dinosaur. Die quickly, be gone.