By way of edicts to live by. Don’t take selfies. If you do take selfies, don’t take selfies in front of scenes of tragic fires or Holocaust memorials. If you do fail on one and two, don’t post to social media. Every other mistake in life can be worked out. This isn’t much to ask.
Whether you agree with it or not, there’s a noticeable backlash to taking vanity pics with scenes of death and genocide as your backdrop. Are you unable to document your visit to Berlin’s Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe without turning the camera on yourself? Priyanka Chopra took a break from pushing Baywatch in the one country that has to love it to visit the memorial with her brother and document herself therein.
Chopra removed the photos from Twitter not long after she realized that pretending to be moved by the death of six million people and a glam shot of yourself in perfect hair and makeup don’t jibe. Not before the predictable backlash and some clever dude who takes celebrity selfies at Holocaust memorials and superimposes actual photos of the Holocaust behind them. Fairly effective deterrent.
It’s hard to imagine that people once took photos of places they visited without their scrunched up faces occupying seventy-percent of the screen. Narcissism wasn’t invented a decade ago. The iPhone was. Those 19th century Native Americans who refused to have their photos taken for fear that meant their souls were being snatched were probably on to something.