Baywatch star Priyanka Chopra is in the hot seat for snapping selfies at Berlin’s Holocaust Memorial with her younger brother, Siddharth. The 34-year-old actress shared two photos on her social media this week donning sunglasses and a sorta-smile before the memorial that stands for the six million European Jews murdered by the Nazis.
Her posts have since been deleted after fans called her “insensitive.” But the sad truth is, Chopra isn’t the first to do such a thing. It happens so often that one Jewish artist, Shahak Shapira, actually launched a project called YOLOCAUST to call people out for it. He laid the selfies over stills from footage of Nazi extermination camps. Shapira said he’d remove anyone’s photo from his project if they sent him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org—his project reached all 12 of those hand-standing, leaping, peace-signing people…
So we don’t need to keep un-douching people, while we’re at it, here’s a list of five more places you should never take a selfie. Just don’t do it.
The Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp complex was the largest of its kind established by the Nazi regime, but that hasn’t stopped people from cheesing in front of it.
2. Pearl Harbor
The surprise attack on Pearl Harbor claimed 2,403 American lives in 1941. Does it seem like a good place for a selfie? No? No.
3. The Anne Frank House
The biographical museum is dedicated to wartime diarist, Anne Frank, even though Justin Bieber might think it’s his place to act a fool. In 2013 he was slammed for writing that Anne Frank “would have been a Belieber” in the guestbook. Sure, it wasn’t a selfie, but if Bieber can’t get away something, you certainly can’t. Nor should you…
4. The 9/11 Memorial
September 11, 2001 is marked as the day of the worst terror attack in the history of the world. Almost 3,000 people were killed that day, not so long ago, and it especially hits home for a lot of New Yorkers who still live in the area and may have lost friends or family. Snapping pictures at Ground Zero will never be acceptable.
5. Vietnam War Memorial
Unless you’re taking a photo of a family member’s name, taking a selfie in front of a wall that lists more than 58,000 Americans who gave their lives to serve is disrespectful to those more than 58,000 people… and their families… and every other American ever.