Even more wildly inappropriate than the funeral selfie is the suicide selfie. An anonymous woman was caught snapping a selfie at exactly the same time a man was attempting to commit suicide by jumping off the Brooklyn Bridge. And naturally, her “selfie-ish” picture landed on the cover of the New York Post. Because the woman declined to speak with the press, it’s hard to know whether or not she was fully aware that there was an attempted suicide in progress when she posed for her camera phone, but according to the Post, she was well aware of the situation:
“With scores of onlookers watching the dramatic 10 a.m. rescue by cops, the crass camerawoman turned her back to the scene, angled her phone toward the bridge and snapped a shot. The scarf-clad blonde even cracked a thin smile. When approached by The Post afterward, she suddenly became camera-shy.’I’d rather not,’she said when asked for her name. She then hustled out of Brooklyn Bridge Park.”
The Post photographer who snapped the World’s Most Inappropriately Timed Selfie claims the woman was most definitely a tourist. STILL … not a great excuse. So, what can we learn from “Selfie-gate” (as some are calling it)? Selfies are definitely not meant to be taken during a suicide attempt, your own or someone else’s.
In case you were wondering, the police were able to talk the man down from the ledge. He may be the only one who’s grateful for the selfie that distracted the world from his suicide attempt. [Gawker]