Maybe don’t put vintage filters on Notre Dame fire photos

Amid fire consuming Paris’ Notre Dame cathedral on Monday, the internet has had some less-than-stellar takes surrounding the incident. While the blaze did not reportedly have malicious origins, Twitter user @gaygadott took being tone-deaf online to levels not seen since the Auschwitz concentration camp selfie

In a post that seems like a personal photography promotion, @gaygadott described the loss of the historical monument as “most aesthetically pleasing visually i’ve ever seen.”

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The response to the tweet currently stands at approximately 32,000 likes and 20,000 replies. Apart from being ratioed to hell, the tweet also received the attention of popular Twitter account @ArtDecider. Without much deliberation, the account decreed that the photos @gaygadott had posted were, in fact, “not art.” 

After replying to the original tweet with the name of the filters used on the photos, @gaygadott thanked their audience for getting the post to 10,000 likes and clarified that the app used to edit the photos was VSCO.

The general reaction to @gaygadott hasn’t been forgiving. Replies have ranged from simply recognizing the absurdism of the situation to open disdain and disgust for turning a tragedy into #content.

After the backlash, @gaygadott tried to save some face by saying that they were not the original creator of the images and that the images were posted as “just a joke.”

Neither VSCO nor @gaygadott immediately responded to the Daily Dot’s request for comment.


Ignacio Martinez

Ignacio Martinez

Ignacio Martinez is a journalism student at the University of Texas at Austin and an intern at the Daily Dot. His work has appeared in the Texas Observer and on the airwaves at KVRX 91.7 FM.