Selfie-gate: Obama attacked over Mandela memorial photo
Press and social media lash out at US president, David Cameron and Danish PM over 'disrespectful' snap
Both papers are referring to Barack Obama’s decision to pose for a ‘selfie’ – or smartphone self-portrait – alongside David Cameron and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt.
While ‘selfies’ are all the rage, the idea of three world leaders posing for one at a memorial service for Nelson Mandela has outraged sections of the press.
The Times struggles to disguise its distaste as it describes how Obama “giggled and playfully patted” Thorning-Schmidt as the Danish PM lined up her smartphone for the infamous picture.
The paper even suggests that the Thorning-Schmidt snap will perhaps be regarded by historians as the point when selfies — loosely defined as a smartphone or webcam self-portrait uploaded to a social media website — “overreached themselves”.
The Daily Mail suggests that Twitter erupted in “fury” when the trio’s “selfie” went public. It quotes a tweet by a user called James Armitage who wrote: “What selfish morons take a ‘selfie’ at a memorial service? Oh yeah that's right, Barack Obama and David Cameron.”
— Andrew Allison (@andrew_allison) December 11, 2013
The paper also notes that Michelle Obama – who was not part of the infamous self-portrait – “looked less than impressed”.
It adds: “Like a bunch of giggling teenagers, they grinned as they bunched together, the Scandinavian blonde flirting and pulling Mr Cameron closer into shot…”
Fail to see why the whole Cameron/Obama selfie is front page news? Are they not allowed to be human?
— Mike (@Lazenbooby) December 11, 2013
The final word should go to the Tubmlr social networking site Selfies at Funerals which has been chronicling the inappropriate practice for some time. “Obama has taken a funeral selfie, so our work here is done,” it said. “Thank you world and good night!” ·