Was This The Most Inappropriate Selfie of 2015?

Jan 4, 2016

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

Was This The Most Inappropriate Selfie of 2015?

Jan 4, 2016

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

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As millions of people around the world were gathering to watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks extravaganzas, a fire broke out in a Dubai skyscraper near the iconic Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest structure and the highlight of the city’s upcoming fireworks display.

As the fire spread so did the photos and videos spectators posted online, but one couple decided to take it a step further and took a selfie with the burning building in the background.

While most viewers spoke out against the couple and some gave them the benefit of the doubt that perhaps they don’t know the difference between a burning skyscraper and a massive fireworks display, the online community did not appreciate the smiling selfie.

When Dubai does something, it does it in the biggest and most impressive way. So, after smashing the world record for the largest fireworks display in 2014 with 479,651 shells in just six minutes (1,332 fireworks per second!), people were obviously expecting another record-breaking spectacle this year.

Stealing the show, however, was the 63-floor luxury Address Hotel with the blazing flames that engulfed its exterior just hours before the fireworks display.

As the word spread on social media, the hashtag #DubaiFire was created and caught on as fast as the fire itself. Among the various photos was the controversial selfie.

The photo was captioned “Happy New Year My dear Dubai. May God bless you and keep you safe. You always surprise us with the biggest fireworks”, and is very possibly the user’s profile is currently set to private.

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Unsurprisingly, the photo drew a lot of attention, mostly negative:

https://twitter.com/wallinga/status/682876070497009664/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc^tfw

https://twitter.com/i_am_redbabasa/status/682900002369216512/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc^tfw

2015 was a very eventful year when it comes to selfies. We’ve seen an airplane grounded due to a selfie, a husband jailed, a man bitten by a rattlesnake, and an attack on ISIS. A martial arts school promised to turn students into selfie ninjas, Russia had to launch a ‘Safe Selfie’ campaign and a couple of guys followed great white sharks to get a selfie with them, just to name a few.

We’ve also seen the dumbest, most embarrassing and fatal selfies, but is this the most inappropriate selfie of 2015?

For those wondering, the fireworks display went on as usual despite the fire:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEGC7F2ykOc

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9 responses to “Was This The Most Inappropriate Selfie of 2015?”

  1. John Crippen Avatar
    John Crippen

    Oh yay selfies.

  2. Сергей Чернов Avatar
    Сергей Чернов

    Damn, why not? Nice selfie. Especially pic on top.

  3. Matthew Toeniskoetter Avatar
    Matthew Toeniskoetter

    What, no marshmallow? Ooh. Fire is so pretty.

  4. foto2021 Avatar
    foto2021

    I think the selfies taken by Greek island tourists with refugees in the background were far less appropriate than this one.

    1. ext237 Avatar
      ext237

      +1, what foto2021 said.

  5. John Wylie Jr Avatar
    John Wylie Jr

    And all of the folks are playing sucker into giving them their moment of “fame”…..yay , another crappie self phone selfie.

  6. Jordan Christopher Avatar
    Jordan Christopher

    I still havnt heard of anyone being in that building. Was anyone killed or even injured? If not, then it’s just a burned building.

    1. Danny Avatar
      Danny

      Yes, one died

    2. Сергей Чернов Avatar
      Сергей Чернов

      In building no one being killed. Its just burned hotel. One person died but on street from infarct.