A New Jersey news channel's Facebook page showed a picture of two teenage girls dressed as the burning North and South Twin Towers and asked, "What do you think of this?" It is on the cover of The Sun magazine. (Unfortunately I am unable to upload the photo for some reason).
Some people are saying this isn't news worthy, that it is poor journalism to even cover the story. But, I say to dismiss it out of hand, to let it go without comment or opinion, is to show approval and acceptance, and serves only to encourage more of the same.
I've read comments like: "they are just silly teenagers" or that "they don't take offense because it wouldn't do any good, it wouldn't solve anything."
Well, neither does silence, in my opinion. I am outraged, and I am offended by such a heartless and brazen display of disrespect. Many Americans are shocked and disgusted by this insensitive act, and I am certain there are many British citizens who feel the same. And to think that these teenagers won a Halloween costume contest and were rewarded for such an act with £150 of shopping certificates just sickens me.
I don't doubt for a moment that cries of outrage would cross Britain like a plague if the girls had dressed as the July 7, 2005 suicide-bombed London bus (and rightfully so). And Americans would feel the same. The girls say they meant no offense or disrespect. That is absurd. What else could they have possibly intended but to shock and seek attention with their deplorable behavior? Their comments show a total disregard for the suffering of others, a deep lack of compassion for those who have endured such agony and loss. They are, quite simply, heartless.
More than just these two teenagers are at fault, though, more than their parents, even. Society has, and continues to, accept behavior that is disrespectful and lacking in human compassion. It must end and that can only begin when we speak out. Do not condone these horrible acts of attention-seeking and self indulgence at the expense of the suffering.
The more we speak, the more we condemn such behavior. Humanity will benefit from your voice. It is a beginning, at least.