Colbert Blasts First Man For Omitting American Flag: ‘C’mon! That’s The Best Part of the Moon Landing!’


On Friday night, Stephen Colbert defended the American flag that’s missing from the upcoming Neil Armstrong biopic First Man.

Last week, it was learned that the drama starring Ryan Gosling had omitted the iconic shot of the American flag being planted on the moon.

“The movie re-teams Gosling with the director of La La Land, which explains the scene where Neil Armstrong corners the moon at a party and explains jazz to it,” Colbert joked.

Gosling had previously defended the creative decision.

“I think this was widely regarded in the end as a human achievement [and] that’s how we chose to view it. I also think Neil was extremely humble, as were many of these astronauts, and time and time again he deferred the focus from himself to the 400,000 people who made the mission possible,” Gosling told The Telegraph. “He was reminding everyone that he was just the tip of the iceberg – and that’s not just to be humble, that’s also true. So I don’t think that Neil viewed himself as an American hero. From my interviews with his family and people that knew him, it was quite the opposite. And we wanted the film to reflect Neil.”

Well, that wasn’t enough to convince Colbert.

“C’mon! That’s the best part of the moon landing!” Colbert exclaimed. “That’s when America called dibs on the moon! We all know the solar system is the breakfast buffet and the moon is the donut we licked! It’s ours now!”

The Late Show host also mocked the “traitorous” Gosling for being Canadian.

Watch the clip above, via CBS.

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