I saw this shot posted from blog called EV Grieve, which covers local news about the East Village of Manhattan. I reposted it on Facebook on Friday, with the heading “What IS wrong with people?” It got tons of shares and comments from friends who were wondering the same thing and all were shocked that these young ladies were so tasteless as to pose in front of this tragedy. (And speculating if they were New Yorkers or tourists. I voted tourists and was right…) The story made the national news, but in case you missed it, a gas line exploded and caught fire at a sushi restaurant and 2 missing are presumed dead, 19 were injured, 4 critically and scores of people are homeless as three building burned to the ground and were reduced to rubble. As I posted here the Soprano‘s Drea de Mateo lost her apartment of 22 years, as did her neighbors. This is sad and shocking to all New Yorkers and most thinking people. A commenter wrote on EV Grieve:
“Disgusting beyond words.”
Others called it “disaster porn.” One frustrated neighbor wrote in a sign taped to a front door on nearby 7th Street:
“THIS IS A TRAGEDY NOT A TOURIST ATTRACTION. SHOW SOME RESPECT.”
No shock that some jackass added “Get Over Yourself”, presumably meaning the writer of the note. These girls aren’t the only one taking selfies, many have been busted. So, let this be a lesson, DON’T take selfies in situations like these kids, or you might find yourself on the cover of The New York Post and the subject of national ridicule.