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Syahrini under fire for Instagram comments deemed inappropriate

Wening Gitomartoyo
Wening Gitomartoyo

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Thu, March 22, 2018 | 08:30 pm
Syahrini under fire for Instagram comments deemed inappropriate

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin, Germany. (Shutterstock/joyfull)

Singer Syahrini is under fire for an Instagram video shot at the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin, Germany.

The post has been deleted, but a Twitter user with the handle @riyanwahyudi made a recording and called the singer “uneducated”.

In the video, Syahrini can be heard casually saying, “It is alright to take pictures, yeah? Isn’t it lovely where Hitler massacred people?”

Netizens came out of the woodwork, saying she was “problematic”, “ignorant”, and “being inappropriate”.  

The post has now been retweeted more than 4,600 times and has garnered more than 200 replies.

Read also: Germany vows to fight local and 'imported' anti-Semitism

Germany is known to treat Nazi-related matters very seriously.

According to Vox, Germany has strict laws banning Nazi symbols and what is called Volksverhetzung (incitement or hate speech).

The memorial was inaugurated in May 2005 and is also known as the Holocaust Memorial. It has an attached underground “Place of Information” that holds the names of approximately 3 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust.

Architect Peter Eisenman designed the memorial, which resembles a graveyard or rows of coffins.

The place is described by Wolfgang Thierse, at the time the president of Germany’s parliament, as where people can grasp “what loneliness, powerlessness and despair mean”.

Syahrini also posted a now-deleted picture of her posing on one of the blocks. She was not the first to do this.

Israeli artist Shahak Shapira made a compilation of “disrespectful selfies taken in the absolute worst places for them”.

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