- Twitter (@riyanwahyudi)
Popular Indonesian TV personality and singer Syahrini has come under the fire of angry social media users after posting an Instagram video filmed at the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin, Germany.
In the video, Syahrini filmed her friend complaining that her camera’s memory card was full, before turning the camera to herself to say: “We can take photos? Good right, the place where Hitler once killed people.”
She posted the video on her Instagram account, which has 20.7 million followers but deleted it shortly after.
She also posted – and later deleted – a picture of herself posing against one of the blocks at the memorial, which was inaugurated in 2005 and is also known as the Holocaust Memorial.
She wasn’t fortunate to escape from the incident unscathed.
A Twitter post by user Riyan Wahyudi carried the video and it is now going viral on the internet.
Syahrini in Holocaust Memorial; “Bagus yah, tempat Hitler bunuh bunuhan dulu”.
People, don’t be like Syahrini. Be as rich and succesful as her but don’t be this uneducated. pic.twitter.com/DoTb8Rs0ck
— Riyan Wahyudi (@riyanwahyudi) March 22, 2018
He wrote: “People, don’t be like Syahrini. Be as rich and successful as her but don’t be this uneducated.”
The tweet has been retweeted 7,900 times and the video has been viewed more than 166,000 times at the time of writing.
“IG generation go to place where it deems instagramable. People go to museums not because they want to learn, but so they can take cute pictures (sic),” he added in a comment which drew the agreement of many.
Many also responded with criticism, saying that Syahrini, who is also an Adidas Indonesia brand ambassador, “had no empathy” and was “problematic”.
One commenter even called her “village”, implying that she has no class.
She’s so problematic when you think about it. At the same time, she could get away with them so easily for the most part bc she always swept them under the rug like they were nothing but netizens being too serious and overanalyzing.
— iridescent🌈✨ (@yasnnin) March 22, 2018
Germany has a law against holocaust denial, which means that speech that denies, condones or plays down the Holocaust can be criminalised and go as far as to be considered hate speech.
Syahrini has not commented on the issue.