Outrage ensued across social media after tourists began posting selfies taken in front of the New York City scene where three buildings exploded, caught fire, and collapsed, injuring 25 people and killing at least two.
Photos of tourists posing at the site began appearing on social media late last week, including one of seven girls using a selfie stick to get a group shot with the devastating scene in the background. Response to the heartless selfie came from all over the social media world.
“Take a look at these people. Remember their faces,” Brooklyn resident Diane DiNonato wrote on Facebook. “They don’t deserve those smiles. People are dying behind them.” The photo sparked so much controversy that it ended up on the cover of the New York Post with the title “Village Idiots.”
Another photo, posted to Instagram, shows Christina Freundlich, who reportedly works for the Iowa Democratic Party, smiling and giving the peace sign in front of the explosion site. Freundlich later apologized for her actions.
“It was inconsiderate to those hurt in the crash and to the city of New York,” she said. “What happened last week in the East Village is not to be taken lightly and I regret my course of action."
Another selfie that caused controversy was one taken by Jeanie Slade, who was seen posing alongside a friend, mouths open and grinning with hashtags that included “#weresocreepy” and “#beingtourists.” Slade apologized for her photo, saying that her post, while “satire,” was in bad taste.
“My heart goes out to the people of New York, and this satire post was in poor taste,” she said. “My intention was to point out how many people post selfies in inappropriate times and it backfired.”