The new trend in questionable taste? Selfies at Auschwitz. Yup, people are talking fun-loving photos at arguably the saddest place on Earth — one of the major concentration camps that participated in the extermination of some 6 million Jews during World War II. Now that it’s out there, the talking heads of news are debating whether it is bad taste, a lack of emotional sensitivity from the millennials or just an overblown issue.
If you guessed option three, you might have just won yourself a new dishwasher. There has been a longstanding cultural norm in regards to how people “ought” to feel about things. According to the old guard, humor or flippancy were not an acceptable way of dealing with tragedy — one HAD to be solemn and sorrowful and have a widespread show of respect. Crying hysterically was allowed — favored, really. But no jokes. Thank-f**king-Allah that we are at a point in life where this isn’t necessarily the case. See, part of this whole freedom thing that we clamor about, is the freedom to do and feel how we want … as long as it doesn’t physically hurt other people. Sure you’re allowed to get angry and repulsed by others “lack of respect” for what you view as a sacred cow, but if they aren’t physically hurting you, your involvement stops there. If you don’t like it, I’m sure there are some much more oppressive places you could live where they dictate people’s actions more rigorously. Of course, there’s a good chance that a few of the things you do fall under the hemisphere considered “bad taste” (loud public cell phone conversations, perhaps? Or obnoxiously fake coughing when someone is smoking near you?) So you might want to consider that before you go throwing any stones.
The young generation is finding its way. You had your chance and it clearly sucked. Now let them do their thing, asshat.
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