Instagrammer Who Photographed Brooklyn Bridge Suicide Jumper Criticized [PHOTO]
An Instagram user who posted a picture of a man contemplating a jump from New York City’s Brooklyn Bridge has since deleted the photo — possibly as a result of online comments accusing the photographer of being insensitive. See the dramatic pic after the jump.On Monday, police closed the bridge and pedestrian walkway, as helicopters hovered above and NYPD police boats waited below. The Emergency Services Unit eventually talked the man off the bridge, but not before Instagram user “arlinda_balidemaj” posted the filtered image showing a police officer climbing towards the jumper. Online commenters reacted passionately, condemning the photographer.
- BuzzFeed Reader Adam Sockel Writes: “As ‘Instagrammy’ as this photo may be I think somethings are better left unphotographed. Not everything in our lives needs to be produced in a social network worthy way. This man has issues… and I’m not talking about the jumper.” Another reader,
- BuzzFeed Reader Kate Ripley Writes: “‘Amazing Instagram?’ I’m disgusted by this. A man’s life is at stake, and someone decides they better whip out their iphone and instagram? What has our generation become? I guess this is proof that the narcissism of facebook, twitter (and yes instagram) has finally overwhelmed our desires to care for other human beings…IRL.”
- BuzzFeed Reader James Roberto Writes: “Oh look at that, a depressed man threatening suicide. I’d better pull out my f***ing camera and upload a picture to facebook, twitter, reddit, digg and instagram. And then once that’s done I might check and make sure he’s okay. This is the mentality that currently dominates our culture. It just makes me a bit sad that people are more concerned about their social media status rather than the well being of another human being.
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