• Kade Godwin

Upcoming film 'First Man' causing controversy

The upcoming film First Man is receiving severe backlash from Americans nationwide due to the director, Damien Chazelle, choosing not to show the planting of the American flag on the moon during the historic 1969 mission.

President Donald Trump, Senator Marco Rubio, and legendary Apollo 11 astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin have all expressed their disapproval for the subject.

Aldrin took to social media on Sunday, posting historical photos of the flag-planting with the hashtag “Proud to be an American.”

In previous posts, Aldrin shared photos of himself wearing a T-shirt with the tagline “Buzz Aldrin, Future Martian” that depicts an astronaut planting the American flag on Mars, as well as retweeting a photo of himself saluting while standing next to enlarged photos of the Apollo 11 mission, reports Fox News.

Senator Rubio shared his criticism for First Man by tweeting, "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."

In a follow up tweet he said, "The American people paid for that mission, on rockets built by Americans, with American technology & carrying American astronauts. It wasn’t a UN mission"

In addition to Sen. Rubio and Aldrin, President Trump stated he has no interest inseeing the movie and went on to say, “It’s unfortunate, It’s almost like they’re embarrassed at the achievement coming from America, I think it’s a terrible thing.”

Ryan Gosling, who portrays acclaimed astronaut Niel Armstrong in the film, defended the decision to omit the flag planting scene because it "transcended countries and borders," according to Fox News.

He also told reporters, "'I think this was widely regarded in the end as a human achievement [and] that's how we chose to view it,' according to Fox News. '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.'"

Chazelle himself also released a statement, insisting the omitting of the planting of the U.S. flag had nothing to do with politics.

"First Man" will be released on October 12, 2018, in theaters everywhere.