On April 12, 1961, the Soviet Union made history by sending the first man into space, a cosmonaut named Yuri Gagarin. For a long time after that, particularly after the space race ended, the Left made the joke that the Soviets won the space race but the U.S. “moved the goal-posts” by claiming reaching the moon was the true end-goal of the space race. Well, now, it seems cancel culture might ironically and inadvertently make the U.S. the retroactive winners of the space race.
You see, a U.S. space industry conference, The Space Foundation, renamed a fundraising party from “Yuri’s Night” to “A Celebration of Space: Discover What’s Next,” citing recent events as the reasoning for it.
Essentially, these people are trying to cancel Yuri Gagarin for no other reason than that he was Russian as a sort of political statement against the actions of the Russian government.
Obviously, for anyone with a positive IQ, this is utterly ridiculous and achieves nothing but the very erasure of history that (ironically, in this case) the Soviet Union and the CCP were/are known for. So it’s no surprise to see Russian Cosmonaut Andrey Borisenko taking issue with this, warning that “A fight with history has started.”
Arguably, this fight started long ago, and this is merely another battle in that overall fight, but there is no doubt that he is generally right. This is definitely a fight with history for no other reason apart from worthless virtue-signaling.
Borisenko went on to explain, “Yuri Gagarin is not only our history, [he] is global history. They are trying to erase world history from the memory of everyone on Earth.” He added, “Such actions are indefensible… I suspect that in other events that will be held in the near future, related to the coverage of space exploration, space flights, the mention of our country will also be erased.”
His suspicions are not unfounded, given cancel culture’s track history and the Left’s clear stance in opposition to Russia, which has only served as a scapegoat for them over the last couple of decades, and in particular in the last few years (Russian collusion hoax, anyone?).
If other space conferences were to cancel Gagarin, again, they would ironically make the U.S. the retroactive winners of the space race, since they’d be completely erasing the history of our then-enemies in said race.
And I doubt it would simply end with Gagarin, just as Borisenko suspects.
This whole shebang is just another in a series of moronic moves by the Left with relation to Russia and Ukraine. For example, the fake news media made the false suggestion that Russia cosmonauts boarded the ISS “wearing Ukraine’s colors” of yellow and blue. The BBC, Bloomberg, The Times, and NPR all made the suggestion that these Russians were “taking a stand against Putin and his war”.
As with all other things, this was b.s. from the fake news media, as mission commander Oleg Artemyev explained that the suits had been made six months prior to the mission (so LONG before this invasion), and noted that “Color is just color… It has nothing to do with Ukraine.”
Furthermore, to outright push back against the narrative the fake news media was trying to present with this (the narrative being that Putin and his actions are extremely unpopular even amongst Russians), Artemyev went on to say: “In these days, even though we are in space, we are together with our president and people!”
Such sentiment was seemingly shared by many Russians, who attended a huge Trump-like rally last Friday to express their support both for their president and country altogether (though the fake news media tries to claim this was a Soviet-style rally where people were forced to attend and cheer, once again signaling their utter hypocrisy, as well as just spewing opinions without facts as they could not verify if that was the case).
In any case, I find it rather amusing, if still annoying, that cancel culture would target the first man in space just because of his nationality, thereby erasing his and his country’s history and making the U.S., the country they generally hate the most, the de facto winners of the space race retroactively.
Hopefully, this will be undone some time soon, cancel culture be put to bed, and globalism utterly defeated and destroyed.
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