Astronaut Buzz Aldrin Says He’s ‘Proud to Be an American’ With Flag Planting on the Moon

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin has waded into the flag flap surrounding “First Man,” Damien Chazelle’s new drama about the moon landing.

The Neil Armstrong biopic, starring Ryan Gosling as the first man to walk on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission, was unveiled last week at Venice Film Festival to stellar reviews. But conservative commentators slammed the filmmaker’s decision to skip a shot of Armstrong planting the American flag. (Critics who’ve seen the film say the flag is shown flying in it.)

Aldrin, the second person to step out on the moon, took his jab Sunday on Twitter. “#proudtobeanamerican,” he tweeted, along with images of the flag planting.

Gosling got the conversation going at a news conference in Venice, where he told journalists that Armstrong was “extremely humble” and “didn’t consider himself a hero,” saying the milestones of the mission “transcend countries and borders.”

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Source: USA Today