The movie premiered on Thursday at the Venice Film Festival, and viewers noticed that one moment from the 1969 moon landing was not re-enacted in the film: when NASA astronauts Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin plant the American flag on the moon.
The Canadian-born Gosling said he decided not to include the flag-planting because Armstrong’s accomplishment “transcended countries and borders,” the Telegraph reported.
He added: “I’m Canadian, so might have cognitive bias.”
Since the moon landing was a U.S. mission, Rubio wasn’t happy to have it attributed to earthlings in general.
He made his displeasure known on Twitter Friday morning.
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
Although “total lunacy,” as Slate conceded, is “a good moon pun,” Twitter users quickly blasted Rubio’s tweet, saying the senator should focus on other things besides griping about Ryan Gosling movies.
Glad you’re feeling outraged about this and not, say, the several recent mass shootings in your state
— Jess Dweck (@TheDweck) August 31, 2018
You know what’s total lunacy? The US has the highest maternal mortality rate of any developed country.
One in five children here don’t know where their next meal is coming from.
The average college grad has 37K in student loan debt.
But yeah, have a kanipshin about a movie.
— Allison Floyd (@AllisonRFloyd) August 31, 2018
One person wanted to make sure Rubio was referring to the right flag, since President Donald Trump seemed confused last week.
Others just noticed a ripe opportunity for snark.
And one guy attempted to put everything in perspective using an astronaut analogy.
Marco Rubio is the kind of guy that eats all of the dehydrated ice cream first and then tells the other astronauts that it was never loaded on to the shuttle.
— mikey babb (@that_mikeyguy) August 31, 2018
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.