A self-described "funemployed" Los Angeles fashion blogger recently made the ill-advised decision to post a series of shots taken in a not-so-fashiony location: a Jewish mausoleum. Which she then posted on the 59th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Because, like, totally fashion.
The contrast of finding myself in a place I never want to be, in an outfit that I will wear for the rest of my life is slightly disturbing. But that's what you get when you hang out with kids in their teens and want to explore anything and everything around. That though, is a refreshing perspective that you lose as you grow up. And with all the changes I'm implementing in my life, curiosity is back up on the chart of mindfulness. Thank you Aaron and Karissa for reminding me what it feels like to genuinely not give a fuck.
I'm sure the families of the people buried in the mausoleum appreciate the gap in both your knowledge of basic history and understanding of human empathy, Rachel Nguyen. Way to not give a fuck!
Of the people who commented on Nguyen's post, only one expressed trepidation over the juxtaposition of a girl gleefully "not giving a fuck" in a Jewish memorial on a day when the horror of the Holocaust was top of mind for Jewish people around the world. The other commenters were super happy to see how pretty her shoes were. Is this the fashion equivalent of Godwin-ing oneself?
Nguyen, meanwhile, is super stoked that she's been Facebook verified.
UPDATE: Nguyen has issued a humble, sincere-sounding apology for the post, and removed the photos.
In my last post (since removed), I posted pictures of myself posing in a cemetery with a "fuck it" attitude. I owe everyone a big humble apology.
This was a bad idea in general, but it also turned out to be really poorly timed. I thought I was being fun and irreverent at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery near my home, not thinking much about the denomination of the graves behind me, but more so my frustration with the fashion-blogging community. I had no idea when posting this that it was International Holocaust Remembrance Day, and that's on me. I'm ashamed of my own ignorance and insensitivity.
As soon as the first comment criticizing the post came in, I knew I was in the wrong and went to that reader's blog to apologize. Now I'd like to apologize to everyone and in particular anyone whose life or legacy was touched by the holocaust. While I can't take back this offense, I promise to better educate myself and be more sensitive going forward.
I'm really sorry.