Eric Trump Responds to 'First Man' Controversy: 'Only in Hollywood'

Eric Trump responded to the news that First Man won't include the planting of the American flag from the 1969 moon landing on Twitter Tuesday.

"Only in Hollywood… What an embarrassment," he wrote. He added a hashtag, Proud American.

Eric Trump, the son of President Donald Trump and the Executive Vice President of the Trump Organization, quote-tweeted an article about Buzz Aldrin's response to the movie. The astronaut was the second man to step foot on the moon after Neil Armstrong. Aldrin tweeted photos of himself and Armstrong on the moon with the American flag Sunday.

He added a series of hashtags: "Proud to be an American, Freedom, Honor, One Nation, Apollo 11, July 1969 and Road to Apollo 50." The hashtag Trump used in his response echoes the sentiment of the first one in the astronaut's message.

Senator Marco Rubio also reacted to the omission of the planting of the flag on Twitter Friday. "This is total lunacy. And a disservice at a time when our people need reminders of what we can achieve when we work together," he wrote. "The American people paid for that mission, on rockets built by Americans, with American technology and carrying American astronauts."

First Man, in which Ryan Gosling plays Armstrong, is in theaters October 12. The film's director, Damien Chazelle, released a statement insisting the decision to not show the planting of the American flag was not a political one.

"In First Man, I show the American flag standing on the lunar surface, but the flag being physically planted into the surface is one of several moments of the Apollo 11 lunar EVA that I chose not to focus upon," he said, according to Deadline Friday. "To address the question of whether this was a political statement, the answer is no." He wanted "the primary focus in that scene to be on Neil's solitary moments on the moon."

While the controversy has focused on what the moment meant to Americans, Chazelle's statement called that moment "one of the most extraordinary accomplishments not only in American history, but in human history" as well. The joint statement from Rick and Mark Armstrong, Neil's sons, and First Man author James R. Hansen also spoke about that moment and Armstrong's "story" as "human" and "universal."

"Of course is celebrates an America achievement. It also celebrates an achievement 'for all mankind,' as it says on the plaque Neil and Buzz left on the moon," they said, via Deadline. "We do not feel this movie is anti-American in the slightest. Quite the opposite."