Iowan Berated for ‘Selfie’ in Front of NYC Gas Explosion Rubble

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Photo posted to Christina Freundlich's Instagram account.

Photo posted to Christina Freundlich’s Instagram account.

NEW YORK CITY — An Iowan is being called out by a New York newspaper for taking a selfie in front of the site of a deadly gas explosion in New York City.

The picture shows Christina Freundlich, former Communications Director for the Iowa Democratic Party, smiling and showing a peace sign. The post says “Scene of the accident.”

The Instragram photo received backlash, hitting the front page of the New York Post.

Freundlich did email the Des Moines Register a response.

She wrote, she was deeply sorry for the selfie.

“It was inconsiderate to those hurt in the crash and to the city of New York. What happened last week in the East Village is not to be taken lightly and I regret my course of action,” Freundlich said in a statement.

Freundlich left her position with the Iowa Democratic Party in February.


  • Hugo S LaVia

    I like how right nuder this story WHO has posted the story — “Twitter Declares 2014 Year of the Selfie”


  • Dan

    what would Iowans say about a New Yorker who did a similar selfie in front of a fatal Iowa fire?

    I’m relieved Iowans are saying that about her. She does accurately represent the attitudes of the political class, though, narcissistic and completely indifferent to the citizen

    • Connie

      Ted Cruz tops them all. He ranted and ranted about Obamacare, compared it to NAZI and now has signed up for it. What a liar, con-artist and liar.

  • Mick Lexington

    Christina Freundlich you are like so many other people I grew up with and came to age with in the Midwest. You and they are the reason I left the mMidwest. You want to be a part of the big city but like so many others never had the courage it takes to make that step. But you want to be a part of it so you glom on to a tragedy, “Hey, look at me, I’m in the Big City, I’m wearing my mommies high-heels”! Christina Freundlich the disaster you were posing in front of injured 25, set four building ablaze and killed two victims who were found buried in rubble. For years I lived less than a half of a mile from this site, I am besides myself with anger and feel ashamed of the anger I am feeling for you and the whole of self-righteous middle America when I see such a distasteful mockery. You can’t make it here, you don’t have the class nor fortitude it takes to be a New Yorker. Stay out of my city! Furthermore I call out your apology; are you apologizing for your actions or for getting exposed? I forgive you but will never like you nor your kind, you disgust me.

  • Punisher

    All it takes is a cell phone for some to show their true colors. Seems to be the norm with the younger generation these days.

  • Withheld

    The pose is tacky, but I’d want to document that I was there. Even if it can be photoshopped, doesn’t mean it is.

  • Steven

    FYI, the photo used here, in this story, is not the photo presented in the NY Post, although this one is bad too. In the Post photo, she had a whole entourage and a “selfie stick” taking a group photo in front of the tragedy. I think Mick Lexington said it best.

  • Jantell Stewart

    Can’t wait for your mother or child’s funeral, I will take a goofy selfie in front of their casket with them in it in honor of their memory. I’m sure you’ll love it.

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