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December 5, 2018 6:23 pm Categorised in:

A British lingerie model is facing heavy criticism after she snapped a selfie at a Berlin Holocaust memorial and has continued to defend her actions on social media.

Rhian Sugden posted the selfie Monday, along with the caption “ET phone home,” a reference to the Steven Spielberg film.

People commented things like, “Silly pouting/duck faces at a Holocaust memorial? Narcissist,” and “Your caption is inappropriate considering your setting,” AOL reports.

She responded to critics, telling one “Every other single person who has been there has [taken] a pic/selfie. Am I smiling? Am I laughing? No.”

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Sugden took out the caption following criticism but kept hashtags #sightseeing #museum and #Berlin, the Independent reports.

She has since made her Instagram account private. 

Sugden tweeted a screenshot of a media report Tuesday about her actions and stood up for herself.

“I’m actually gutted people are saying I am disrespectful,” the tweet read. “And for this to be picked up on is unfair.”

Sugden later tweeted out a photo Wednesday that appears to be from her Instagram story, along with a statement. “Had lots of messages, many from Jewish people, who have gone out of their way to let me know that they are in no way offended by my selfie in Berlin,” the statement reads. “I think for people to rip me to pieces like they have you are the ones that should be ashamed of yourselves. I meant no harm or malice. Glad most of you can see that.”

Sugden told USA TODAY in an emailed statement, “I would just like to say that the amount of abuse and torment I have had over the last 24 hours has been awful. I have been really upset by all this… I didn’t set out to offend anyone and I certainly wouldn’t class it as a ‘sexy selfie’ it’s just me with the memorial in the background.

“I’m hurt that people have gone out of their way to accuse me of something because they have taken my picture in a completely different context than it was intended.”