‘Village idiots’: NY Post shames women who took selfie at fatal building collapse

The New York Post doing what it does best. Two thumbs up.
The New York Post doing what it does best. Two thumbs up. The New York Post

The group of women who posed for a selfie at the scene of a New York City building explosion last week have been skewered by one of the New York Post’s more genius – and spot-on – headlines.

A photo of them mugging near the chaos in the East Villege made the rounds after it was posted to the Twitter feed of EventPhotosNYC.

Sadly, they weren’t the only gawkers to pose for selfies at the scene, leading social media commentators to generally condemn those actions as “disgusting.”

“Self-absorbed jerks are treating the East Village gas-explosion site like a tourist attraction, shooting grinning selfies of themselves even as rescuers search for life in the ruins where two bodies might still be buried,” the New York Post wrote.

Christina Freundlich took a selfie there – while smiling and flashing a peace sign. The former communications director for the Iowa Democratic Party emailed a public apology to The Des Moines Register on Sunday, saying that she was “deeply sorry for my careless and distasteful post.”

She wrote: “It was inconsiderate to those hurt in the crash and to the city of New York. What happened last week in the East Village is not to be taken lightly and I regret my course of action.”

No word on the identity of the women in the group photo.

In the meantime, New York fire officials on Sunday night announced that the bodies of two people who were unaccounted for in the blast had been found.