The “selfie” generation did it again. As Japan commemorated the third anniversary of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster that killed tens of thousands and left many homeless, some kids earned the ire of netizens when they posted photos of themselves in a prayer position taken inside purikura photo booths.
When the clock struck 2:46 PM on March 11, many people across Japan took a moment to stop what they were doing and offer a minute of silence and prayers to the victims of the greatest disasters to have ever hit their nation. While not everyone in Japan joined in commemorating the event, some of the nation’s youth paid their respects the “social media” way, by posting photos of themselves to Twitter and Instagram, but in a “praying” position while inside photo booths mostly located in noisy video arcades.
As soon as photos were uploaded and likes or favorites were clicked, the online community was outraged at the seeming disrespect. Despite the photos accompanied by messages of sorrow using kanji characters, many found them distasteful and insincere. On Twitter, an angry user commented, “What on earth are these people doing sharing photos of themselves praying? What on earth is wrong with Japan?” Others were far more direct in describing the teens to have “zero morals,” “idiots” and questioning the motives of the prayers. While the netizens may be right in showing indignation, understanding that these are kids is in order. Criticisms must accompany teaching and guidance by adults to the proper use of social media.
[via Rocket News 24]