"The Dumbest Thing I've Ever Heard": Kelly Slater Discusses The French Burkini Ban
The world's most famous surfer has weighed in on the debate that's had everyone talking.
You might have seen in the news recently that towns in France have taken the controversial step of banning the burkini. A burkini, if you're not already aware, is a coverall item of beach clothing worn primarily by Muslim women when they're visiting the seaside. It's a step, a backwards one for tolerance in the Western World if you ask us, that supporters have tried to justify by citing "public safety concerns." While writing this piece, we should say that France's highest court announced they were suspending the ban.
The ban, a plainly misguided one, was a response to the horrific terrorist attacks that have hit France in recent times. These attacks, responsible for considerable loss of life, had Islamic extremism at their core. Because of this, there are those that now cite burkinis as symbols of Islamic extremism and who feel they have no place on French beaches. The implementation of the ban, that will surely only serve to drive French communities apart rather than bring them together, has stirred up a lot of strong feelings.
Kelly Slater, you might have heard of him (he's not too bad at surfing) is the latest big name to throw his hat into the debating ring with some strong comments on Instagram re: the burkini ban. Responding to this Instagram post from The Inertia, a post that showed French police forcing a Muslim women to remove her burkini, Slater had this to say:
"Hmmm. What to think about this. Far worse than hassling naked people on American beaches. The French seem to have one thing very progressive and accepting, and another just ass backwards. There could be a cross dresser next to this person and not be bothered so why bother her? Imbeciles. And yes these cops are idiotic…they should be committed to specifically not enforcing unjust laws and using their humanity and common sense. Outlawing clothing is seriously the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard even ahead of outlawing plants."
Some passionate words from Slater. Words that when we were reading made us want to stand up in the office and shout "YEAH KELLY. YOU TELL 'EM. YOU TELL THOSE SUCKERS WHO THINK BANNING BEACHWEAR, AND STRIPPING BACK FREEDOM, IS A SOLUTION TO TERRORISM." Kelly Slater for President of the World? If he carries on like this, he's got our vote.