Grenfell residents beg people not to take selfies at the scene of tower block fire

Jun 20, 2017

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Grenfell residents beg people not to take selfies at the scene of tower block fire

Jun 20, 2017

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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The selfie seems to be an unstoppable force now. Wherever we go, either we need to take one, or we see others taking them. Over the weekend I went to visit some friends and we took a wander through a local park. It felt like every other person we saw had their phone out shooting selfies in the glorious weather. But there’s a time and a place for it.

There are also times and places where it’s definitely not appropriate. The site of the burnt out Grenfell Tower is one of them. Inappropriate or “Disaster Selfies” seem to have become something of a trend in the last couple of years. It’s been happening so much at Grenfell, that local residents are actually putting up signs asking people not to shoot selfies.

Grenfell tower is a 220ft (67m) tal tower block in London. The blaze broke out on 14th of June, and even firefighters were shocked with what they saw as they rushed to the scene. The official cause of the fire is yet to be determined. Also unknown is the exact number of people who perished in the tragedy, as the search could last for weeks. The building contained 127 apartments with 227 bedrooms at the time of the fire.

The sign shown in the tweet above is not the only one, either. There are several dotted about the area.

And we can’t blame this one on “vain millennials”. The disaster selfie trend seems to be attracting all ages and genders. One can understand the fascination with events such as these and wanting to document them. They’re not something we see every day. They become important markers in history, but please show some respect.

This is not the time or place to take selfies – in front of a tower block where my friends passed away.

– Lorraine Warrington, Local resident

We are living in very sad times when people feel that signs like these are even necessary.

People should not need to be told that this is inappropriate.

[via Metro]

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36 responses to “Grenfell residents beg people not to take selfies at the scene of tower block fire”

  1. Amy Jones Avatar
    Amy Jones

    Wtf is wrong with people

  2. Ali Stewart Avatar
    Ali Stewart

    Common decency is not that common these days

  3. Nicole Phillips Avatar
    Nicole Phillips

    I don’t even know why people want to take photos of a burned out hulk, let alone selfies.

  4. Luigi Barbano Avatar
    Luigi Barbano

    and those people can vote…

    1. Randy Kasal Avatar
      Randy Kasal

      :( Yeah.

    2. Liam Lynch Avatar
      Liam Lynch

      Just because they’re idiots with no real consideration for those trapped inside or affected by the blaze, does not really mean they are incapable of making smart decisions.

    3. Luigi Barbano Avatar
      Luigi Barbano

      Liam Lynch nice ironic comment… I hope ;)

  5. Randy Kasal Avatar
    Randy Kasal

    I saw idiots smiling while taking selfies at the 911 Memorial. Also saw the same idiocy at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin. Similar other things, too.

  6. Вергунов Сергей Avatar
    Вергунов Сергей

    This is not illegal by any law.

    1. Tim Colquhoun Avatar
      Tim Colquhoun

      So it’s still inappropriate

    2. Ali Stewart Avatar
      Ali Stewart

      It’s got nothing to do with whether it’s legal or not, and everything to do with having a bit of respect and being a decent human being

    3. Cy Cox Avatar
      Cy Cox

      Scumbag

    4. Matias Mestari Ahonen Avatar
      Matias Mestari Ahonen

      He still is right, you know

    5. Вергунов Сергей Avatar
      Вергунов Сергей

      Only a court can decide what is appropriate and what is not. To my knowledge, there is no court ruling banning selfies in this place. Hence, selfies are appropriate, decent and respectful.

    6. Whatdoyknow Avatar
      Whatdoyknow

      You just don’t get it. Forget it man. You take your selfies where ever you want and be happy, OK.

  7. Rachael M-Smith Avatar
    Rachael M-Smith

    Thought selfies was banned in major places

  8. Nasreen Riahizadeh Avatar
    Nasreen Riahizadeh

    With three cameras, I bet that this is an informal news post or video that shows the reporter, no?

  9. Ian Hecht Avatar
    Ian Hecht

    We’re living in a time where a man who bragged about sexually assaulting women was elected to the highest office of the USA. An airline bodily hauled a passenger off one of their planes to make a place for one of their employees. Decency seems to be a fading concept.

    1. Matthias Avatar
      Matthias

      Well, you know, in good old times droves of onlookers would push each other out of the way for an opportunity to dip their handkerchief in the blood of freshly executed criminals to keep it as a souvenir… no smartphone involved, but more decent? What’s changing is how quickly indecency gets exposed to a large public these days.

  10. Taufik Kadouri Avatar
    Taufik Kadouri

    Too late

  11. Angel Ronin Avatar
    Angel Ronin

    We will douchebags amongst us

  12. Kim Taylor Avatar
    Kim Taylor

    Cannot understand why the media i.e. TV news reports has to have their reporters standing with the burnt out block behind them in full view. This cannot be nice for the poor people who have lost someone in this tragedy, having it stuck in their faces and have to be reminded every News broadcast. It is bad enough when they do the news reports from flood areas and have to stand in two foot of water with their new Wellington boots on.
    Come on have some respect for these poor people!

    1. Chord Savage Avatar
      Chord Savage

      media does not care it There job is to feed 24hours news.

  13. Alecio P Avatar
    Alecio P

    You have to get people taking that kind of selfies and bang their heads with the cameras or phones they are taking the selfies with….

  14. Joseph Her Avatar
    Joseph Her

    Public property anything goes, well anything legal, people just to have to understand that some people just don’t give a “F”

  15. Dave Ferriman Avatar
    Dave Ferriman

    Disgusting human beings…….. Really no need to take selfies….. It’s immature and down right disrespectful……. Would u do it if that was ur family members caught up in there? NO U WOULDNT …….. Sad times we live in with social media the way it is……

  16. Mark Smido Avatar
    Mark Smido

    Its wrong it’s not right and sadly its a sign of the times? I’m sad to say everyone thinks it’s ok to do this. Common decency seems to have no place in our society any longer and it needs to change, the fact that the media were all over it almost 24 hours a days it becomes the norm to take pics selfies and try to make money from anything whether it’s a fire, death on the streets, terrorism etc etc etc. The media have to take a portion of the blame for this.

  17. Scott Stevenson Avatar
    Scott Stevenson

    Hey look at ME… I was at the scene of where all those people were dying at the moment I took that wonderful picture of MYSELF… Because the picture is only important if I’M in it… I mean, how can I prove the picture is MINE if I’M not in it?… How can I prove that I took the picture if nobody sees that I’M in the photo?… :|

  18. Вергунов Сергей Avatar
    Вергунов Сергей

    Taking selfies is a freedom of expression. Whoever opposes it opposes basic freedoms.

    1. Doug Birling Avatar
      Doug Birling

      So you don’t see the difference between taking a selfing at the site where someone died and say a nice summer day in the park? Having respect for the dead is a pretty universal thing most cultures share.

      And just because you have a freedom doesn’t mean you have to be jerk with it.

      1. Вергунов Сергей Avatar
        Вергунов Сергей

        Who said that taking pictures, including selfies, automatically means disrespect? Who said that banning just anything implies respect? I see no connection between ban and respect. No connection between taking selfies and disrespect. A person may take selfie and respect the dead at the same time. Explain me why not?

        1. shahnyboy Avatar
          shahnyboy

          Simply cos a selfie is about you and there are many places & events where you cannot and should not matter.

          1. Вергунов Сергей Avatar
            Вергунов Сергей

            Then ban access to Grenfell. Declare “No man zone”. Nobody matters there anyway.

    2. Whatdoyknow Avatar
      Whatdoyknow

      A selfie is an egotistical move! It says look, look at me, I was there. Like when you were a little boy and you pestered your mom or dad to have a look what you can do. When you are a child that’s understandable, when you are a grown-up not so much anymore, because you are big now and don’t need the oh’s and ah’s, good boy anymore, unless……. Of course it shows your freedom of expression so does mine.

  19. Вергунов Сергей Avatar
    Вергунов Сергей

    President Obama was taking a smiling selfie at Nelson Mandela’s funeral. Nobody said nothing. Why so much noise now? http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.1545419.1386859178!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/article_750/article-helle2-1212.jpg