“First Man,” a new movie about the first moon landing, omits a very famous moment from that mission: the moment the American flag was planted on the moon. Now Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin is speaking out about the decision to skip over the historic moment from the 1969 lunar mission.
— Buzz Aldrin (@TheRealBuzz) September 3, 2018
“Aldrin, 88, who was the second man to step on the moon, behind crewmate Neil Armstrong, posted historical photos of the flag-planting and added the hashtag ‘Proud to be an American’,” Fox writes.
Neil Armstrong is the main focus of the film. Armstrong died in 2012, but the new film will star Ryan Gosling as the young astronaut.
Always fun to visit my friends @KellySlater, John Moore & Co at their Outerknown clothing line party. Is it time for a space attire line yet?! 🚀😎 #spacesuitsaretrendy #roadtoapollo50th #5decadesofapollo pic.twitter.com/I34t42hbxf
— Buzz Aldrin (@TheRealBuzz) September 1, 2018
Aldrin’s support of the flag is hardly subtle. His fans picked up on this and helped him out with Photoshop.
— Pir8lksat40 (@pir8lksat40) July 22, 2018
One tweet showed him saluting the flag in a photo from the Apollo 11 mission. He was also seen in earlier tweets wearing a T-shirt that said “Buzz Aldrin, Future Martian.” The image on the shirt showed an astronaut planting an American flag on Mars.
Meanwhile, Gosling–a Canadian–is defending the decision to omit the flag from the film.
“I think this was widely regarded in the end as a human achievement [and] that’s how we chose to view it,” Gosling told at the Venice Film Festival . “I also think Neil was extremely humble, as were many of these astronauts, and time and time again he deferred the focus from himself to the 400,000 people who made the mission possible.”
Gosling’s explanation seems to suggest that the decision was based on Armstrong’s wishes, yet they are still making a film about Armstrong, who “time and time again he deferred the focus from himself to the 400,000 people who made the mission possible.”
Those 400,000 people who made the mission possible were, almost exclusively, American.
The irony isn’t lost on some.
This is total lunacy. And a disservice at a time when our people need reminders of what we can achieve when we work together. The American people paid for that mission,on rockets built by Americans,with American technology & carrying American astronauts. It wasn’t a UN mission. https://t.co/eGwBq7hj8C
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) August 31, 2018
“The American people paid for that mission, on rockets built by Americans, with American technology & carrying American astronauts. It wasn’t a UN mission,” Senator Marco Rubio tweeted.