"Please note these films contain language, images, bikinis, Bruce Irons or other content that reflect views prevalent in its time."
The year 2024 is still just a baby, only four days in, but my goodness if it ain’t already a contentious one, or at least in our surf world. La Jolla surf troll Jacob “Zeke” Szekely shooting direct threats toward beloved surf photographer Jimmy Wilson before quickly running for cover whilst denying once a little heat came down. Former Harvard president forced to resign after utilizing the brave literary technique known as “cut and paste” pioneered right here at BeachGrit.
And now, surf filmmakers fear they might be next in line to receive negative headline space. For, hours ago, the British Film Institute declared James Bond movies would now be slapped with a trigger warning reading, “Please note that many of these films contain language, images or other content that reflect views prevalent in its time, but will cause offence today (as they did then). The titles are included here for historical, cultural or aesthetic reasons and these views are in no way endorsed by the BFI or its partners.”
Comforting, yes, with the surf film genre certainly up to receive the scarlet hammer.
But have you not watched Endless Summer wherein the white man brings culture and light to the dark continent?
Who is J.O.B. in which J.O.B. is called a “retard?”
The list can go on ad infinitum with only the exact wording of the warning left to ponder.
“Please note that basically all of these films contain language, images, bikinis, Bruce Irons or other content that reflect views prevalent in its time, but will cause offence today (as they did then obvs). The titles are included here even though there is no historical, cultural or aesthetic reason.”
Something probably like that.