One of the first two humans to land on the moon took multiple swipes at Hollywood on Sunday night after reports surfaced that a movie about man’s greatest achievement will omit perhaps the proudest accomplishment in American history.
Buzz Aldrin, Lunar Module pilot of Apollo 11, Tweeted photos of himself and Neil Armstrong planting an American flag on the moon, captioning the Tweet with several hashtags.
“proudtobeanAmerican,” he said, along with “#freedom,” “#honor,” “#onenation” and “#Apollo11.”
— Buzz Aldrin (@TheRealBuzz) September 3, 2018
Aldrin Tweeted the image in the midst of outrage among many Americans regarding the decision to omit the flag-planting on the moon from the upcoming film “First Man,” starring Canadian actor Ryan Gosling.
Gosling defended the decision, saying that the moon landing “transcended countries and borders.”
Aldrin does not seem to agree. He also posted photos of himself wearing a shirt that depicts the flag planting Saturday.
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
The historical fact of the matter is that American went to the moon. American engineers, scientists and astronauts. Nothing about the American moon landing “transcended borders.” To strip the moon landing of its nationalistic historical context is foolish. One of the main objectives of the mission was to beat the Soviet Union to the moon.
But American pride is unacceptable in Hollywood. It’s considered uncouth. After all, the average American is the scourge of the earth to these people.
Gosling further defended the decision.
“I think this was widely regarded in the end as a human achievement [and] that’s how we chose to view it,” he said. “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.”
The only reasonable response from American consumers is to boycott this anti-American crap. There are plenty of interesting – and historically accurate – documentaries about the moon landing.
Perhaps watch one of those instead.
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