WHAT'S APP WITH THAT?
We were legit disturbed last week when a friend posted a link to the blog Totem and Taboo, which had found numerous Grindr profile pics taken at Berlin’s Holocaust Memorial.
Because nothing says “come fuck me” like the wholesale slaughter of Jews, gays and lesbians, and other “undesirables.”
Some of the guys just like the memorial’s stark, maze-like backdrop; others seem to think its funny; and a few are trying to be transgressive—showing the triumph of gay sexuality over the forces of the Nazis.
None of those excuses really work for us—and Grindr CEO Joel Simkhai isn’t a fan, either.
“What started as users expressing themselves on a topic not often discussed in social networking profiles, has now become disrespectful,” a Grindr spokesperson told Salon on Monday. “We strongly encourage our users to engage in a respectful manner and honor the memory of those who perished in others ways outside of the app.”
This whole thing reminds us of those idiots who throw gang signs in photos taken at Ground Zero.
Being in Europe I can’t tell you how incredibly offensive this is especially if these people are European, they really should know better, they are either incredibly stupid or have no feeling for the Millions of people who were murdered..
I understand why people have gotten upset about this. The holocaust was one of the darkest moments in recorded human history. Millions and millions of people died, and to regard that tragedy without a sense of awe and sorrow would be disrespectful to those who died.
However to elevate a monument about the holocaust to the level of “sacred” would also be disrespectful. It would deny that all those people were people. That they ate, and drank, and thought, and dreamed, and went to the bathroom, and looked for people to have sex with.
The fact that people are alive doing human things at Berlin’s holocaust memorial is to me a sign of hope. It says that we can go through those times of darkness, and still go on and live our lives. I can’t imagine that someone living their life, (including all the foibles people find embarrassing, like looking for sex) would be considered disrespectful.
It’s hard to imagine the victims of the holocaust getting mad at someone for living.