“Selfies at Serious Places” Will Make You Laugh, Cringe, Then Laugh Again
11:49 am, August 28th | by Colette McIntyre
Now before you scroll down to the bottom of this post and gleefully leave a snarky comment about how much you hate “duckface” and how teenage girls are ruining the country with their #Instagram #instaphotos of them#instaselves, know this: I am an avid supporter of the selfie arts. I love looking at selfies, I love “liking” selfies, and you know that I love taking selfies. There is nothing like holding my cell phone in my palm, gazing long into my own eyes, and having my eyes gaze back into me, through the Nashville filter. Selfie-takers are doing important, vital work — who will let my friends know what I look like with a ponytail and lipstick if not me? Who will remind me that my drunk face consists of one squinted eye (usually the right); mouth slightly ajar, as if to say “I can’t remember how to breathe out of my nose”; and a peace sign? We are following in the footsteps of great artists before us: van Gogh cut off his ear and painted a self-portrait; I trimmed my bangs and took a selfie.
Yesterday Oxford Dictionaries Online (ODO) finally added the word “selfie” to its repertoire. To commemorate this momentous occasion, we could’ve posted a roundup of selfies that would prove the phenomenon isn’t all bad, isn’t all bored single girls taking photos of themselves sleeping and captioning them “babe snapped a pic of me snoozin, luv him <3″ , but, because we are who we are (#Ke$ha), we are posting ridiculous and questionably offensive selfies for you to mock and ridicule! Happy Wednesday!
“Selfies At Serious Places” compiles snapshots of people mugging in front of their own cameras at the most inappropriate times and locales, like the young gentleman who took a self-portrait inside the gas chamber at Auschwitz and tagged it “#respect”. It’s so good to know that the next generation of world leaders #respect the memory of the systematic and state-sponsored genocide of six million Jews. In the words of Whitney, “I believe the children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way. Show them all the beauty they possess inside” by letting them take Instagram photos of all the beauty they possess outside!
To see more selfies of the young and the oblivious, click here.