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Blood Feud: Kelly Slater vs. Decorum!

Chas Smith

by Chas Smith

Surfing's greatest star wades into a PC minefield!

#Imwithhim on this one. Cheering for Kelly Slater in his fight against decorum louder than I cheered for Han Solo vs. political correctness (when I was five) or Don Cheadle vs. overused insults (yesterday).

(Die in a grease fire was a work of genius!)

And have you seen it? Kelly gave a very sweet tribute to the great Gene Wilder on his Instagram earlier today, superimposing his own face on one of Gene’s most beloved characters, Willy Wonka. He wrote:

‘There is no life I know to compare with pure imagination…’ So long, #GeneWilder #WillyWonka. And thank you for broadening our imaginations as kids. #IveGotAGoldenTicket. And my mom did call me Willy my whole childhood.

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Sweet. Right?

But apparently it is not the “thing to do” to superimpose your face over a recently deceased one and Kelly’s comments lit right up!

@pdxpert Narcissist???? WTF!

@simplyjapanesebonsai He’s only just died mate very poor taste

@pmilburn002 CREEPY!!

@owenoma5 Man not cool to market your wave pool ticket competition through the death of a true icon.

@sebastian_oliveira007 Why would you ever put your face over this legend

@__monica__shah131__ Boys, I feel so boring today. If u wanna f.u.c.k me tonight just visit my profile.

On and on it goes. On and on with the high soapbox and the wagging finger and the tsk-tsk but I say shame on the shamers!

Screw the “thing to do!”

Also, I feel a little boring today too…