Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Christina Freundlich Apologies for Selfie in Front of New York City Explosion Site

Let’s talk about what’s wrong with society.

Yeah, I know. I know. Again?

Yes, again. Because there’s so much to say on the topic! Which is more than sad.

Sad like an explosion that covered three buildings in New York City’s East Village, killing two people and injuring 22. And sad like people taking smiling selfies in front of the scene.

There were at least two examples of such that surfaced after the blast, one of a bunch of twenty-something women, and one of Christina Freundlich making the peace sign with the Instagram caption: “Scene of the accident.”

Any human being with any decency or common sense should have known that was a bad idea. But Freundlich has even less of an excuse considering that she was the communications director for the Iowa Democratic Party not that long ago.


She’s supposed to understand the ins and outs of that subject, including little social taboos about drawing positive attention to oneself when other people are physically injured.

People freaked out on her on Instagram, with some of them using some very heavy language. While the professional side of me wants to say something about how you can make a point without resorting to immature word choices, the I’m-sick-of-self-focused-idiots side of me doesn’t care that she got torn to emotional shreds.

Freundlich has since told the Des Moines Register that she learned her lesson: “It was inconsiderate to those hurt in the crash and to the city of New York. What happened last week in the East Village is not to be taken lightly, and I regret my course of action.”

But I’m not willing to let her off the hook so quickly. She should have recognized that fact before she took that stupid selfie. She has no excuse for ignoring the obvious until other people were inconsiderate to her.

Wake up and smell the suffering, people. It isn’t just about you.

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