Travel bloggers slammed for ‘irresponsible’ kiss photo taken while they’re hanging out of a moving train
Unsurprisingly, the snap sparked criticism online as followers warned against the dangerous message they could be sending to other social media users.
“Such an irresponsible picture! Shame to see people who will do anything for social media even risk their lives,” one wrote.
Another commented, “Wow… This will inspire more to do this. Dangerous, irresponsible and all in the name of vanity. Be a role model guys… it’s not rocket science.”
The couple later clarified that it was a slow-moving train, but that doesn’t lessen the risks involved.
“I’m 99% sure it’s not the slow-moving train that is the problem,” one Instagram user commented. “It’s the fact that there’s a giant ravine below. One slip of the hand or foot and the couple are both dead. All for a pretty picture… “
This isn’t the first time an influencer has been called out for risking their lives in the name of the platform.
Spanish blogger Patricia — who goes by the username One Ocean Away_ — was in hot water after posing on the tracks in front of a moving train at Maeklong Railway Market in Thailand.
She later deleted the image and apologized, writing: “I would never risk my life for a photo. Please, don’t do it yourself. Sorry for that!”
Last year, a study found that more than 259 people across the world died taking selfies between 2011 to 2018.
While some fans appreciated the blogger’s “dedication,” many voiced concern that this could encourage others to try something similarly reckless for the perfect gram. “You shouldn’t promote this, you are giving the wrong impression of safety and some people following you might get hurt if they do the same,” one person said. “I’ve been there and though the train is slow, everyone should be out of the railway when it comes by.”
Similarly, another added, “Great that you’ve created such a crazy photo, now let’s hope there are no kids out there stupid enough to copy it.” But it seems that could be a little too late.
After receiving significant backlash the blogger responded saying: “First, this is not dangerous at all, and second I am not the first and won’t be the last person taking a photo here or any other dangerous places. It is on ourselves to be aware of the dangers and the limits. Even if I would not take this photo, people would anyway. I am not a person who takes a big risk just for a photo, I value my safety and life.”
Some people did praise the shot, calling it “amazing,” “stunning” and “worth the risk.”
Despite standing up for herself, she later decided to remove the photo.
We suggest ” Refrain from such activities as these are too risky and life is at Risk.