Hey, selfie tourists, get your dumb duckfaces out of Auschwitz


Hey, selfie tourists, get your dumb duckfaces out of Auschwitz

Here’s some ideas to help wipe the smile off the snap-happy mob desecrating Holocaust memorials and Ground Zero

Celia Walden

Three months ago I was standing outside the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (http://www.lamoth.org/), willing the teenage girl leaning against its fittingly bleak, brutalist façade to stop taking selfies. Maybe it was the micro shorts or the compulsory “duckface” (the ironic Insta-pout where cheeks are sucked in and lips pushed out), but the more she snapped, the more I seethed.

I thought of that girl this week, as seething masses took to social media to slam an Instagram snap taken by glamour model Katie Price’s boyfriend, Kris Boyson, at the 9/11 memorial site in New York.

Grinning into the camera, the aspiring reality TV star rests his foot on the Ground Zero bronze memorial panel inscribed with names of the 2,977 victims. His caption reads: “Took the mother to NYC for her birthday didn’t I ... She’s always wanted to see the city at Christmas!”..

This article is reserved for Times Select subscribers.
A subscription gives you full digital access to all Times Select content.

Times Select

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.

Questions or problems?
Email helpdesk@timeslive.co.za or call 0860 52 52 00.