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Things We Saw Today: National Park Service Also Loves ‘Our Flag Means Death’

Mooning in the moonlight.

Ewen Bremner as Nathaniel Buttons looking out next to Rhys Darby as Stede Bonnet. Image: HBO Max.

Another month has come and gone, and yet, we’ve heard nothing from HBO Max about the renewal of the popular delightfully gay, pirate show by David Jenkins, Our Flag Means Death. The show follows the adventures of Stede Bonnet (Rhys Darby) and to a degree, Blackbeard (Taika Waititi, who’s also co-producing), in the early 1700s. Recently, the National Park Service (without related hashtags) caught the attention of OMFD fans.

In “We Gull Way Back” (episode 8), the first mate to Bonnet, Nathaniel Buttons (Ewen Bremner), gets frustrated as the crew loudly parties up on the deck late at night. Fully naked because of course he is, Button is frustrated as he wants to “bask in the moon glow” and soak up some sweet lunar rays in peace—well, Sun rays, because the light is just a reflection of the Sun but that’s not important. This ends up being the least of his concern as something really devastating happens later in the scene, thanks to another character’s drunk ex.

Ewen Bremner as Nathaniel Buttons   (naked) saying "Some of us are trying to bask in moon glow." Image: HBO Max.

The National Park Service’s social media will often reference popular media, from Lonely Island songs to TikTok sounds. This particular post caught my attention and many others when actor Vico Ortiz tweeted excitement about this post on Twitter. They played fan-favorite (I’m not sure if this is accurate because everyone is loved so much) Jim on OFMD. Ortiz is very active in the fan community on TikTok and Twitter.

(via Twitter, image: HBO Max)

Here are some other bits of news we saw today:

  • 33 brave quality assurance testers at Raven Software (under Activision Blizzard) overwhelmingly voted to unionize. (via NPR)
  • Twelve Emma retellings to read for all our Jane Austen fans. (via Book Riot)
  • GOP Oklahoma gubernatorial candidate Mark Sherwood says life (in ALL circumstances) begins before conception and I’m just tired. (via Newsweek)
  • See the behind-the-scenes goodies in Marvel Studios’ Assembled: The Making of Moon Knight releases on Disney Plus. (via

What did you see out there on the internet today? Bonus points if it’s positive because the last two weeks have been rough.

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