Teen slammed for taking smiling selfie at Auschwitz

by: Cox Media Group National Content Desk Updated:

While some may find selfies annoying, when do these photographs cross the line into poor taste?

Alabama teen Brianna Mitchell is learning the hard way after a recent trip to Auschwitz, one of the Nazi concentration camps used in World War II. While there, she snapped a smiling photo of herself and posted it on Twitter.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en-gb"><p>Girl gets harassed for posting smiling selfie at Auschwitz concentration camp <a href="http://t.co/rpmNou5QiH">http://t.co/rpmNou5QiH</a> <a href="http://t.co/4MaiIhEg5i">pic.twitter.com/4MaiIhEg5i</a></p>&mdash; Newsday (@Newsday) <a href="https://twitter.com/Newsday/statuses/491024797581598722">July 21, 2014</a></blockquote>

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The image went viral and has been retweeted over 4,000 times, according to HLN. Mitchell faced a barrage of criticism, but also had many people supporting her, saying taking a selfie at a memorial is not that big of a deal.

According to the Daily Mail, Mitchell went on the trip in memory of her deceased father, who taught her about the concentration camps. She was happy that she was able to go on a trip that they had planned on taking together.

While Mitchell was initially shocked by the reaction her selfie generated, she now seems to be enjoying all of the social media attention. In subsequent interviews, she continues to defend her actions, claiming she would not do anything differently.