‘Unethical mate just stick to surfing,’ responded one user, while others branded him ‘narcissistic’ for preferring to post his own face over that of the popular star, who died on Tuesday.
‘He’s only just died mate very poor taste,’ wrote user simplyjapanesebonsai.
Slater’s followers made it clear they felt offended by the “narcissistic” and “creepy” post.
‘That must have been some seriously good weed you were smoking when you thought this may have been a good idea,” posted Sydneydiggers. “Rip Kelly,” wrote sroberts7d. Ouch!
Unrepentant by the social media storm, Slater explained he’d just re-posted something a fan had shared with him. ‘Simply remembering with humor. I loved this guy. No disrespect,’ he responded.