*Whispers to self* Don’t get mad. Don’t get mad. They’re just stupid kids doing stupid kid stuff. Remember when you stole your uncle’s Playboys and replaced them with trading card becketts? That was doomed to fail. He was too horny. Kids grow up, their frontal cortex develops, their worldview widens. Be easy on them.
*Takes deep breath*
Sadly, this isn’t just two misguided females cosplaying one the most deadly genocide in history, it has become a TikTok trend particularly with young people.
— Patricia🏳️🌈✡️ (@Mowgli_Lincoln) August 18, 2020
Those associated with the Auschwitz Memorial—a museum on the site of the Auschwitz concentration camp in Oświęcim, Poland commemorating the 1.1 million people who died there—have since responded to the trend, calling the videos “hurtful and offensive” in a statement to its one million Twitter followers.
The 'victims' trend on TikTok can be hurtful & offensive. Some videos are dangerously close or already beyond the border of trivialization of history.
But we should discuss this not to shame & attack young people whose motivation seem very diverse. It's an educational challenge. pic.twitter.com/CB4Ve2uRUK
— Auschwitz Memorial (@AuschwitzMuseum) August 26, 2020
What’s more upsetting than some tone-deaf videos is what they could indicate.
In 2018, CNN polling revealed that the memory of the Holocaust is starting to fade in Europe, with a third of those polled saying they knew just a little or nothing at all about the Holocaust.
Don’t get mad, folks. Get educated.
if you thought holocaust tiktok was bad you might also hate 9/11 tiktok pic.twitter.com/Z9LKJVFxva
— 𝙂𝙖𝙯 (@gazpachomachine) August 20, 2020
Ok, you can get a little mad.