The MTV Flag on the Moon


Six years before Andy Warhol made Moonwalk, the creators of MTV went to the same Apollo material to announce their presence to the world on 1 August 1981:

Here’s what they said about their decision to “rip apart” a “holy” image in order to make their point:

From I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution, by Rob Tannenbaum and Craig Marks (Penguin, 2011), p. 3.

MTV’s parody of the Apollo 11 flag salute lives on.  Each year at the MTV Video Music Awards winners take home a “moonman”:


For the first MTV generation the image of the MTV flag on the moon resonates as much as if not more than the NASA original, as in this clip from the second episode of Futurama (1999):

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