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‘Selfie’ by U.S., U.K. chiefs at Mandela memorial causes stir

‘Selfie’ by U.S., U.K. chiefs at Mandela memorial causes stir

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Published : 2013-12-11 10:45
Updated : 2013-12-11 10:45

Wrong place, wrong time?

U.S. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron found themselves in the middle of a controversy after a picture of them taking a “selfie” -- a self-portrait usually taken with a smartphone -- during Nelson Mandela’s memorial service went public on Tuesday.

In the picture, the two leaders and Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt are seen taking photos of themselves at Soweto’s World Cup stadium, where the memorial was held.

Netizens were abuzz over whether the conduct of the three leaders had been inappropriate, given that they were in the middle of an event honoring one of the greatest peacemakers of the 20th century.

“There should be a moratorium on ‘selfies’ during memorials and funerals, no?” tweeted @JeffryHalverson.

The AFP photographer who captured the moment said that it was “interesting to see politicians in a human light.”

Washington, London and Copenhagen have yet to comment on the matter.


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