Katy Perry has been spending time in Europe lately, presumably as part of her Prismastic World Tour, but I don’t really know and I’m too lazy to Google. What I do know is that she’s doing her best to put a ~KP sPiN~ on every city she hits, because what’s a 30-year-old woman to do when checking out different locales but pretend to give the Leaning Tower of Pisa a blow job and point out stone penises?
It’s all fun and games in Katy’s world, but things took on a more somber tone once she got to Poland, when she and her team visited the Nazi concentration camps at Auschwitz and Katy – thank God – showed some due respect and deference to the horrific place:
My heart was heavy today. For ever let this place be a cry of despair and a warning to humanity, where the Nazi murdered about one and a half million men, women and children mainly Jews from various countries of Europe. Auschwitz – Birkenau 1940-1945 "The one that does not remember history is bound to live through it again" George Santayana
I don’t really know how I feel about Instagramming Auschwitz. I mean, Katy’s far from the only one to do it, of course, and she was quite respectful about it, but I suppose I find it difficult to understand why one would want photographs of a place like that. I also read a really interesting essay a few days back about how photography generally separates us from fully experiencing or immersing ourselves in something (whether it be a concert, a concentration camp, etc), so spending your time trying to crop perfect pics for a social network sorta adds an inappropriate levity to the matter, in a sense. At the same time, this is the age we’re living in and I don’t think most taking photos there are doing it to be trite – at least not intentionally so.
What do you guys think? And have any of you actually been to Auschwitz?