On July 20, 1969 the United States’ Apollo 11 was the first manned mission to land on the moon. We stuck a flag in that bitch and delivered a big middle finger to the rest of the world who has still yet to deliver one successful manned mission to the moon. In these divisive times, it is a collective feather in the cap for all Americans who pride themselves on homegrown ingenuity and dope space shit.
NBA superstar Steph Curry questioned this accepted national achievement on the “Winging It” podcast with Kent Bazemore, Andre Iguodala and Vince Carter recently:
“We ever been to the moon? (Everyone responds, “Nope). They’re gonna come get us. I don’t think so, either.”
Neil Armstrong is rolling over in his grave right now with the other eighth astronauts who have passed away since the Apollo missions began in 1961.
Yo Steph, it we haven’t landed on the moon, how on earth can you explain this??
Curry told ESPN that his blasphemous words were just a troll to see how this narrative would take on a life of its own. NASA also invited Curry to tour Johnson Space Center in Houston, and Curry has accepted that invitation.
“One thousand percent. One thousand percent. Obviously I was joking when I was talking on the podcast. I was silently protesting how stupid it was that people actually took that quote and made it law as, ‘Oh my God, he’s a fake moon landing truther,’ whatever you want to call it, yada, yada, yada. So I was silently protesting that part about it, how the story took a life of its own.
“But in terms of the reaction that I’ve gotten, I am definitely going to take [NASA] up on their offer. I am going to educate myself firsthand on everything that NASA has done and shine a light on their tremendous work over the years. And hopefully people understand that education is power, informing yourself is power. For kids out there that hang on every word that we say, which is important, understand that you should not believe something just because somebody says it. You should do your homework and understand what you actually believe. But I’m going to go to NASA and I’m going to enjoy the experience whole-heartedly.”
We should treat allegations about the moon landing being a hoax just as we would about people who say “jet fuel can’t melt steel beams.” 10 game suspension at minimum.
[h/t For The Win]