Auschwitz selfie girl defends actions

Auschwitz selfie girl defends actions

Auschwitz selfie girl defends actions

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by Jessica Durando, USA TODAY Network

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Posted on July 23, 2014 at 8:43 PM

An Alabama teen who faced criticism for posting a smiling snapshot of herself in front of the Nazi Auschwitz concentration camp, is defending her actions, saying that it was a tribute to her father who passed away.

Breanna Mitchell posted the selfie on June 20 and about a month later, it went viral.

"Honestly, I don't think I would do anything differently because I didn't mean any harm," Mitchell told TakePart Live in a video interview posted to YouTube on July 21.

On July 20, she posted on Twitter, "I'm famous y'all" as her story got picked up by media outlets. Mitchell's example brings to light the debate over taking selfies in front of sensitive places like Auschwitz and the 9/11 Memorial Museum.

"If you're going to stick your tongue out or make a duck face in front of the World Trade Center, I think that's probably inappropriate," Lizzie Post, great-great-granddaughter of manners maven Emily Post, told ABC News.

Since the social media backlash, Mitchell has received some support from people who have seen her story in the media. Her Twitter profile is now set to private.

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