Model Who Took Selfie At Holocaust Memorial: Hey, I'm Sightseeing

On Monday, British model Rhian Sugden decided she’d post a selfie of herself on Instragram with the caption “E.T. Phone Home.”
The selfie was taken at the Holocaust memorial in Berlin.
As the New York Post reported, backlash erupted; comments included:
Imagine having such little respect for the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust that you think this is appropriate. What an embarrassment of a human.
If you want to document the experience take a picture of the memorial. You don’t have to be in it, I think that is the issue. It becomes self-absorbed at that point.
Your caption is inappropriate considering your setting. It’s weird you don’t realize that.
Would you take a selfie at a funeral and post it on Instagram? There is a time and place…if you are at a memorial it is a time for reflection not for selfies. It is disrespectful.
Silly pouting/duck faces at a Holocaust memorial? Narcissist.
Sugden, who wrote in the Instagram post’s comments section that critics should “just remove” themselves from her Instagram page, later changed the caption to “#sightseeing #museum #Berlin.” She also fired back, 'If anybody disagrees with me taking a selfie at a famous museum/memorial where every other person there was taking a pic – just remove yourself from my page. I’ve got no time for this moaning generation. I’m on holiday. Sightseeing and took a pic. Under no circumstances is this disrespectful.”
She also tweeted, “This is insane! I posted a pic of me sightseeing in Berlin - took a pic at a memorial and made a comment that I look like ET -the abuse I got is mental! I’m actually gutted people are saying I am disrespectful - I’m really really not. And for this to be picked up on is unfair.”
Asserting that she received death threats for posting her selfie, Sugden added, “All the decent things I do for charities, for other people and this is how I get spoken to for posting a selfie that wasn’t intended to cause any harm or disrespect. Thank you to all those who took my innocent site seeing selfie to a whole different level and made me out to be some awful person. Sending me abusive bullying messages.”
The Holocaust memorial in Berlin is a memorial for the Jews killed in the Holocaust located one block from the Brandenburg gate; it is comprised of a 200,000 square foot site covered with 2,711 concrete slabs arranged in a grid pattern on a sloping field. An attached underground "Place of Information" lists the names of approximately 3 million Jewish Holocaust victims, obtained from Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. The information center starts by detailing how the Nazis Final Solution was implemented; four rooms include personal items from the Holocaust.
The New York Times wrote in 2005:
But the memorial's central theme is the process that allows human beings to accept such evil as part of the normal world -- the incremental decisions that collectively lead to the most murderous acts. There is no way to glean this from photographs; it can be understood only by experiencing the memorial as a physical space. No clear line, for example, divides the site from the city around it … These moments speak to one of the Holocaust's most tragic lessons, the ability of human beings to numb themselves to all sorts of suffering -- a feeling that only intensifies as you descend into the site. Paved in uneven cobblestones, the ground between the pillars slopes down as you move deeper in.
Model Who Took Selfie At Holocaust Memorial: Hey, I'm Sightseeing Model Who Took Selfie At Holocaust Memorial: Hey, I'm Sightseeing Reviewed by Your Destination on December 06, 2018 Rating: 5

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