Whitney Cummings Shares the Real Reason Why She Posted the Notre Dame Tweet

Comedian Whitney Cummings shared that she couldn’t resist pointing out that people made the Notre Dame fire last spring all about themselves.

“It’s amazing how people are able to make tragedies about themselves to get likes on Instagram,” Cummings exclaimed during a recent appearance on the Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen After Show. In April, a fire destroyed Notre Dame’s spire and roof.

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The news coverage was extensive as the world mourned the damage occurring to the historic building. Many took to social media to share their memories, with some people dramatically posting about the personal pain they experienced from the fire.

Not the time to share your vacation pictures

After story upon story was posted, Cummings couldn’t resist pointing out the obvious. “This Notre Dame Fire turned into people bragging about their vacations to Paris very quickly,” she tweeted.

People immediately lashed out at Cummings even though some people, like Bravo host Andy Cohen got the joke. Cohen responded by posting some laughing/crying emojis to the tweet.

But others were outraged. One person responded with yet another story. “I woke up every morning before work in 2010 for months and drew this table sized mural to show my kids all the places we were going to visit in Europe,” the person responded. “Then we lugged it everywhere. This sweet man named Keita at Notre Dame signed the mural for us. I’ll never forget him. Brag?”

But people were making it about themselves

When Cummings saw the firestorm her tweet created she issued another tweet to clarify her comment. “Guys, insane i have to say this, but I’m not talking about everyone. We can all tell the difference of when someone makes a tragedy about grieving the actual tragedy and when they make it about more themselves than the loss. Let’s all refuse to let trolls destroy nuance.”

Cummings told the After Show caller she couldn’t exactly remember the wording of her tweet but she did recall the intention. She didn’t anticipate the tweet would have kicked up such controversy as Cohen added he thought it was really funny. “The Notre Damn fire happened and then everyone was posting photos of themselves at Notre Dame,” she says. “Or just in Paris.”

She added the vacation photos were like, “We get it, you’ve been to France, this isn’t about you,” she says. “People were like, ‘Here’s me at a cafe. Love hashtag Notre Dame.’ I’m like dude this has nothing to do … [with you]. ”

But this is her ‘favorite’ one

Cummings offers one that really gets to her. “My favorite is on Twitter or something and someone will die and someone will be like, “He was such a nice person.’ It’s like you’re just bragging that you knew that person.”

Cohen then wonders what about posting a picture with the deceased. “I mean if you really knew them I guess it makes sense,” she contends. “Or if it was an authentic friendship.”

“Sometimes you’ll see someone taking a selfie with a dead famous person and the dead famous person looks like they don’t want to be in that photo at all,” she continues. “And you’re celebrating their death with you posting a photo of them being uncomfortable taking selfies with you.” Cohen adds, “Not a good look,”