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Buzz Aldrin slams 'First Man' movie controversy, posts photos of US flag on moon with 'Proud to be American' hashtag

Armstrong is dead, but his family claims to speak for him. Gosling also defends the no-flag scene. Buzz has balls!

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.”

Armstrong, who died at age 82 in 2012, is the subject of "First Man," which stars Ryan Gosling and is scheduled to hit theaters next month.

In previous posts Saturday, Aldrin shared photos of himself wearing a T-shirt with the tagline “Buzz Aldrin, Future Martian” that shows an astronaut planting the American flag on the Red Planet.

But despite the controversy, actor Gosling, a native of Canada, defended the decision not to portray the flag-planting scene, saying at the Venice Film Festival that the decision was deliberate because the moon landing “transcended countries and borders.”

“I think this was widely regarded in the end as a human achievement [and] that's how we chose to view it,” Gosling told reporters. “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.”


Buzz Aldrin: First American on the moon.


The Daily Telegraph understands that Aldrin was not even invited to view the film in advance.

Chuck Yeager, 95, the first test pilot to break the sound barrier, said: “That’s not the Neil Armstrong I knew.”

Yeager was responding on Twitter to a suggestion that Armstrong was portrayed as a “liberal progressive, anti-Trump (in spirit) non-flag waver”.

Gosling, a Canadian, ignited the controversy at last week’s Venice Film Festival, suggesting that Armstrong, who died aged 82 in 2012, had not regarded himself as an “American hero” and that his accomplishment “transcended countries and borders”.

Marco Rubio, the Republican senator, called that “total lunacy” adding: “The American people paid for that mission, on rockets built by Americans, with American technology and carrying American astronauts. It wasn’t a UN mission.”

Ted Cruz, his fellow Republican senator, called the film “consistent with Leftists’ disrespecting the flag and denying American exceptionalism”.

Pete Hegseth, a Fox News host, called Gosling an “idiot” and said it was “an American achievement bar none”.


Aldrin, Yeager, Rubio, Cruz, and Hegseth are all correct. Leftists can not comprehend. Don't waste your time trying to reason with them, they're not capable.