Social media users have come under fire for posing in front of the site of the devastating Beirut blast as critics call out the latest example of “disaster tourism.”
A site which destroyed a city and killed hundreds of innocent lives. A site which may still have bodies or body parts under the rubble. A site which shattered the dreams and hope of millions.... Last thing I would think about is taking a selfie there #Beirut #BeirutBlast pic.twitter.com/xeuFWO7JhJ— Rami Chakroun (@rchakroun) August 24, 2020
A Lebanese woman uses her mobile to take selfies with the damaged grain silos on the background at the Beirut port following a huge explosion that rocked the city in Beirut, Lebanon. 📷 epa-efe / Wael Hamzeh#beirut #selfie #beirutblast #lebanon #epaphotos #photojournalism pic.twitter.com/BADDeFyuj8— european pressphoto agency (@epaphotos) August 24, 2020
Can we talk about how the port of Beirut has become a touristic place 🤦🏼♂️ the event that happened there is a catastrophe not something to take a selfie with...shame....— Yorgo Abi Khalil (@yorgoak98) August 20, 2020
Has Beirut become the latest ‘disaster tourism’ destination?
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Never know where I’ll pop up! 😆 . The Cu Chi Tunnels, an underground tunnel network that the Viet Cong used to evade adversaries, were fascinating. The ingenuity was impressive. The #claustrophobia was real. & the whole thing was rather sobering. . #cuchitunnel #vietnamwarhistory #vietnam 🇻🇳 #travel #traveler #goodwillambassadorstour #latergram
The destroyed silo sits in rubble and debris after an explosion at the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon, on Aug. 5, 2020. (AP)