Duct Tape Warning: The unbelievable reason iconic 9/11 image almost left out of museum

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“Warning, full duct tape alert in effect. You are going to need to wrap your head in duct tape because you will not be able to handle this one your head will explode.”

According to a new book by Elizabeth Greenspan, the iconic photograph of firefighters raising the American glad in the rubble of the World Trade Center was almost excluded from the National September 11 Memorial Museum for being too “rah-rah America“.

“Rah-rah America”…yes, the New York Post is reporting this as the description given by museum creative director Michael Shulan.

According to the book, Battle For Ground Zero:

“Thomas Franklin’s iconic photograph of firefighters raising the flag among the World Trade Center rubble was nearly excluded. I really believe the way America will look best, the way we can really do best is not to be American so vigilantly and so vehemently.”

“What the hell does that mean,” Glenn questioned, reminding listeners that the person making the statements is who has been put in the role of putting the memorial and museum together.

Glenn, who has talked about his disdain for what is being done a the site before, reiterated how the entire situation just makes him angry.

“There’s no reason it’s not finished,” he said. “We finished the Empire State Building in the Great Depression in eleven months. Why is this…why are we even still talking about what’s going to be in the museum?”

According to book, a compromise was eventually reached to include Franklin’s photograph, but the museum had to include two other images as well that showed the flag from different angles.

The New York Post reports that, according to the book, “several images undercut the myth of ‘one iconic memento,’ [chief curator Jan Ramirez] said, and suggest instead an even from multiple points of view, like the attacks more broadly.”

“I don’t even know what that means,” Glenn commented in a frustrated tone.

The post article goes on the say that the museum’s creative director, who was living in New York City during the 9/11 attacks that his aim was to “not reduce [9/11] down to something that was too simple, and in its simplicity would actually distort the complexity of the event, the meaning of the event.”

“It was pretty simple,” Pat responded.

“It really was,” Glenn agreed. “Here’s what it was. A bunch of Muslim extremists get onto an airplane and kill everybody onboard and anybody who couldn’t get out of the World Trade Center. I’m remembering that pretty clearly.”

“You know what that means? That means we’re supposed to consider their motivation when we look back on 9/11,” Pat questioned. ” That’s what this guy wants us to do.”

“That’s amazing too…what was the quote? They want to look at it from several different angles? One of those can’t be the first responder being down there raising the flag in the most iconic moment of the event?” Stu questioned. “Why can’t that be one of the moments?”

Well thankfully, since this guy didn’t get his way, it can and will be.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUrbEIqFl_Q Sam Fisher

    Yup that is liberal I hate America syndrome that has been going around the Democratic Party since 1900s.

  • Anonymous

    This sounds like a directive from obama himself. Americans, your country is not America anymore. When, oh when is the USA going to impeach this president and his gang of thugs? 

  • Anonymous

    I would ask for verification from the man who supposedly made the choice first. Then if it is true, throw the bull@#*% flag

  • Anonymous

    Really, what do you expect from New York? I am surprised that they didn’t include a big banner apologizing to the Muslims for upsetting them. The whole city ought to be deeded to the UN.

  • Anonymous

    Man, it’s only been 12 years and they’re starting to skewer the facts and rewrite history already?  They don’t even wait for the generation who saw it happen to pass away.  The damn dems and liberals don’t deserve to live in a country like what America is supposed to be.  The dirty bastards.  They must have lice too.

  • Anonymous

    How about a photograph of the faces of each and every single innocent person who died that day (which included about 100 MUSLIMS btw)?  I think that would be the ultimate tribute to the tragedy.  But maybe I’m being too “rah rah” for the memory of the victims and their families.

    To everyone who lost somebody on September 11, 2001, may the Lord bless you and keep you.  May the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious unto you.  May the Lord look upon you with favor and give you his peace.  

    Laus deo to all of you and may God honor the cherished memories of your loved ones who no longer walk with you upon this earth.  

    I will say a special prayer for all concerned tonight before I go to bed.  

    I won’t respond to anyone who replies to this post in a disrespectful manner.  

  • Anonymous

    If they have there way you can most probably see the terrorist faces in gold frames the minute you walk through the front door .
    We are the bad ones remember Americans bad . not very surprised .

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the warning.  Used two and one half rolls of duct tape.  It worked.  One small problem though, my phriggin’ hair burst into flame at the same time and I got cited for having an open fire within city limits. 

    I am growing so tired.  We were attacked that day.  It was an act of war.  And some tool objects to the perfectly understandable (and welcome) act of defiance by some of New York’s Bravest.  Wonderful.  Just wonderful.

  • Anonymous

     Sticking to the plot here first, this seems like a strange aberration from an individual.  It’s not reflective of anything greater therefore isn’t worth getting too excited and defensive about.

    I understand the ‘rah rah’ terminology used.  Made me instantly think of the OBL assassination and Boston aftermaths – spectacles that made me want to spew.  I fail to see why it should be applied here though. You deserve your patriotism in such moments.

    It’s an iconic picture no doubt, but the more one looks at it the more one realises there will be better frames if a sequence of shots exists ? 

    As a ‘stand alone’ photograph it’s not in the same league as the Iwo Jima equivalent.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000380740966 Susan Bates Stead

    Check out this lesson plan from the 9/11 Memorial……It suggest that we look at this event through the prism of Afghan literature and then memorize a Middle East poem……   http://www.911memorial.org/sites/all/files/CC_Afghani%20Literature_0.pdf     
    pretty weird way to remember our war dead, isn’t it?   It like asking us to read a Nazi procedure manual and write a Haiku to better understand WWII.  

  • Anonymous

    There is no reason to keep it out.  None.  That’s all that needs to be said.  

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    I understand the ‘rah rah’ terminology used.  Made me instantly think
    of the OBL assassination and Boston aftermaths – spectacles that made
    me want to spew.  I fail to see why it should be applied here though.
    You deserve your patriotism in such moments.

  • Anonymous

    Amen I will do the same. God Bless them all!

  • Anonymous

    I am getting really tired of this sh.t.  Why do we have to bend over backwards for all these foreign folks, religions, races and the likes.  YOU CAME TO OUR CONTRY – ACT ACCORDINGLY.!  If we went to yours  we probably would be beheaded for sneezing.  BTW,  More mosques  NOOOO  we wouldn’t be allowed to build a christian church in any of your countries would we???  So - You do not like it here, you don’t like us as folks  – then GET the F…  OUT  you done enough damage and take -you know who - with you!

  • Anonymous

    Leftwingwackos are bloodthirsty.   They believe that it is OK to hurt people.   They claim to be so loving and kind toward others while hating them for being Americans – they are racist and prejudiced against people for their ethnic background (American).