Thoughtless Tourists Trivialise Bali Disaster With Tasteless Instagram Snaps

Some self-obsessed social media fanatics are so determined to get the perfect Instagram snap that they're willing to go to almost any lengths to achieve it. Even if that means exploiting a natural disaster that is currently causing tens of thousands of innocent people to be evacuated from their homes.

Dickhead tourists in Bali have taken it upon themselves to completely trivialise the eruption of Mount Agung currently taking place, using it as a means to harvest likes on the internet.

Over 100,000 locals have been forced out of their homes on the Indonesian island so far, but some travellers in the area were much more concerned about having their egos stroked than they were about respecting the gravity of the situation.

One shot, using the stock 'yoga pose on a beach' template, was accompanied by a caption that read: "Here's a shot from Batur in the hot springs. You can see the ash cloud behind me from Mother Earth speaking to us."

Another shot shows a woman pretending to meditate on a hillside, as plumes of volcanic ash billow out from Mount Agung behind her. The snap is captioned in Russian, but it's probably safe to assume it says something really wanky.

One girl took a picture of her backside for the occasion and it didn't go down to well with commenters telling her to get off their island, calling her a "disgrace" and a "STUPID WOMAN".

Some 40,000 families are already being supported in Bali but authorities are poised for a bigger eruption at any time, which could leave countless more in need of help.

Deputy Bernardus Wishnu Widjaja from the National Disaster Management Authority told Sky News that the community may need help for years to come, as tens of thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes in an exclusion zone around the volcano.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Chris Ogden

Chris Ogden is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from the University of East Anglia with degrees in English Literature and Creative Writing before completing his NCTJ Diploma in Multimedia Journalism. Chris has previously written for the independent culture magazine The Skinny, among other publications.

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