Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Daily Show on the Anniversary of the Moon Landings

Last night's The Daily Show opened with a segment about the 40th anniversary of the moon landings. As usual, the humor all centered around belittling the accomplishment. Jon Stewart said we spent billions of dollars and astronaut's lives to "hit a golf ball on the moon", ride around in a buggy, and leave it covered with junk like the guy in your neighborhood whose crap is all in his front yard.

Nice.

The implication is that the moon landings were a trivial waste of lives and money. Presumably the writers would be fine with us sitting here on earth in the year 2009 never having set foot on any other place in our solar system. How forward thinking of them.

To devalue the accomplishment of putting a living human being on the moon, safely returning them, and repeating the act, and not only to devalue it, but to sneer at it...well, frankly I think it's repulsive.

The moon landings were a highlight of human civilization, a testament to our curiosity and ingenuity.

So on behalf of everyone who worked so hard to make it happen, I'd just like to give a hearty "fuck you" to the writers of The Daily Show.

2 comments:

Kenny Wyland said...

I took it more like "you accomplished this amazing thing that no one else has been able to do... and then did nothing with it." I felt like they were paying homage to the incredibly feat to get to the moon, but belittling the fact that we didn't build on the success.

I'm sure it's replaying 4 more times today, I'll grab another watch and see what I think.

Jill said...

I took it the same way Kenny did, but maybe I need to watch it again too.