Bait offered, taken, much entertainment.
A few days ago, Kelly Slater, world champ many times, posted a provocative response on his Instagram account to news that 260 Chinese boats were fishing near the Galapagos Islands, that volcanic archipelago in the Pacific with the most diverse and plant species in the world.
Same joint that inspired Darwin’s theory of evolution.
Slater was succinct,
“Send the navy and sink em?!”
One follower of Slater, a kid who’d only ever made one post, aware perhaps of Slater’s penchant for responding to even minor player in the IG game, issued a bill of challenge.
“You would be the type of fool to advocate for military violence and US involvement overseas. The US needs to stop fucking policing the world. Getting the military involved has never helped anything it’s always the same people who end up hurting and having to pay for it.”
A popular, though untrue, historical inaccuracy.
The US was pivotal in saving the West in World War Two, its involvement in the Great War ended the stalemate there, South Korea would be Communist if not for the three-year long US-led UN intervention between 1950 and 1953 and Kuwait would’ve been folded into Iraqi borders in 1990.
Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, okay, not so great.
“Fuck off. It’s a joke, albeit a serious topic. I’m currently and always have been anti war. I’m also pro environment and wildlife.”
The kid parried,
“Sorry I didn’t find ur joke very funny. My family was displaced of the US fucking bombing their homeland.”
The kid’s parents fled Baghdad?
Here, I got into the DMs and asked where they were from.
“My mom came here from Iran during the revolution in the late seventies.”
Me: “US didn’t bomb Iran. Only that dang failed chopper rescue of hostages.”
He: “It was the result of US-backed coup. The US night not have been dropping the bombs themselves but they sure as hell funded it.”
Me: “US backed the Shah not the Ayatollah.”
He: “Point I’m trying to make is that US involvement overseas never works.”
After the thing about his family being displaced, Slater kissed the button, as they used to say in renaissance fencing.
“And I don’t really give a shit to talk to you or hear your opinion so fuck off.”
The kid proved a master of defence.
“Shits not really a joke.
“You privileged little fuck.”
“Don’t need to be an asshole about it wow.”
Before, finally, the dagger blow, the coup de grace, from Slater:
“Writing me out of the blue talking shit is such a crock of shit. Accusing me of being a racist? My girlfriend is Chinese. You’re on glue. You’re a miserable coward. And now you’re blocked.”
“Hahahaha,” wrote the kid.