word of the year, but one woman's self portrait is teaching us all a lesson in selfie etiquette."Selfie" might be the Oxford Dictionary's
On Tuesday morning, a woman, identified only as a tourist, snapped a photo of herself in front of the Brooklyn Bridge. In the background of the photo, a suicidal man threatened to leap into the East River below.
"America’s selfie obsession reached a new low on Tuesday when a woman snapped a cellphone self-portrait that also captured a suicidal man on the Brooklyn Bridge," the New York Post reports.
"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."
A witness told the Daily Mail that the woman had been watching the man on the bride for about 25 minutes before she pulled out her phone to take the photo.
When the woman was approached by The Post afterward, she refused to share her name and quickly left Brooklyn Bridge Park, proving that she "knows she probably shouldn't have done that," Dan Amira writes for the Daily Intelligencer.
Her selfie might be unfairly judged as "the world's worst selfie," Amira acknowledges, but while selfies at funerals and concentration camp sites might also be horrible ideas, at least those ones don't end up on the cover of a newspaper.
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