Maverick Top Gun Is American Propaganda on Steroids

Adebayo Adeniran
4 min readJun 13, 2022

We have been here before…

Tom Cruise via Wikimedia Commons

It feels like the 1980s all over again.

Our societies are polarized than ever before and if you aren’t a Gordon Gekko type, who thinks that greed is the best thing since sliced bread, then life must be incredibly shitty.

For those among us, whose job it is to interpret the spirit of the age, have been working overtime to recapture the decade of lies and debauchery.

And this could be the reason behind the resurrection of the one film which did wonders for Tom Cruise’s career and America’s incredibly fragile self-esteem.

What film might this be?

Maverick Top Gun

The sequel to the 80s original was released in the United Kingdom a few weeks ago, replete with the action sequences that we have come to expect from any film starring Tom Cruise.

But why is this film being made in 2022?

I strongly believe that Maverick Top Gun was made for the very reasons that the original came about nearly forty years ago: The unhealthy need to project America’s superiority.

Back in the late 70s and early 80s, there were a number of films that were highly critical of America’s involvement in the Vietnam war.

Anyone who saw Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse now was left in no doubt that the director offered a realistic and scathing analysis of America’s imperial misadventures and sought to paint a brutal picture of the futility of war.

Oliver Stone certainly had the same objective in mind when he made Platoon and Born on the fourth of July.

These aforementioned directors didn’t care about the feelings of the American people and the powerful studio bosses; They felt that they had a duty to educate and inform the wider public.

And this is why you are left with the impression that Top Gun was made; to retell the story of America’s interventions abroad.

As an impressionable kid growing up in the 80s watching the likes of Chuck Norris in Missing in Action, I came away believing that America actually won the Vietnam war and nothing could convince me otherwise.

Adebayo Adeniran

A lifelong bibliophile, who seeks to unleash his energy on as many subjects as possible