When I was a young boy with oversized surf dreams on Oregon’s rural coast there was nobody to guide me in the proper way to live that surfing life. No plugged in older kid to emulate. Thus what I imagined surfing to be grew weird. Bizarre. I thought, for example, that Pirate Surf was the world’s coolest brand, that Flojos were meant to be worn with socks, that The Beach Boys were core and listened to, regularly, by southern California, Australia, Hawaii-based surfers before they paddled out to ride the curl.
Well, I had a very harsh awakening when finally landing in southern California and learned that nobody listened to The Beach Boys and that even with all that singing about the Pastime of Kings, The Beach Boys didn’t even surf.
Even still, they are our world’s most iconic group but getting violently ripped apart by the seams as one-time visionary lead singer Brian Wilson is demanding that people boycott the band over its decision to headline a very large trophy hunting convention featuring a keynote address by Donald Trump Jr., President Donald Trump’s eldest son.
And let’s have our hearts thoroughly broken by digging into the sordid details.
Brian Wilson, who co-founded The Beach Boys, is now urging fans to boycott the legendary band. In a tweet on Monday, Wilson shared that the band, which he is no longer a part of, would be performing at The Safari Club International convention – a trophy hunting event where Donald Trump Jr. will be the keynote speaker.
“This organization supports trophy hunting, which Both Al and I are emphatically opposed to,” Wilson tweeted, referring to bandmate Al Jardine. “There’s nothing we can do personally to stop the show, so please join us in signing the petition.” He linked to a change.org petition titled: Tell the Beach Boys to Say No to Trophy Hunting.
The change.org letter states those who sign the petition pledge to stop buying or downloading the band’s music, going to their concerts and purchasing merchandise until they withdraw from the convention “and publicly state their opposition to this sick ‘sport’ of killing animals for ‘fun.'”
“We will call on the Beach Boys’ record label, agent and publicists to disown the Beach Boys, and on members of the public to protest at forthcoming Beach Boys concerts, unless they do so,” the letter continues. The Beach Boys are currently fronted by original band member Mike Love.
What is the most precious thing you have ever killed?
Are you #TeamSafari or #TeamPetSounds?