Why Obama and Cameron's funeral #selfiegate is not a big deal

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Will everyone calm down - these funeral selfies are much worse...

President Obama and David Cameron funeral selfie - Nelson Mandela memorial - photos - news - handbag.com

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President Barack Obama and David Cameron have caused the mother of all decorum debates, after being photographed taking this funeral selfie at Nelson Mandela's memorial.

The fun-loving pair were taking a snap with Danish PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt (who the Daily Mail referred to as a 'flirty dane' - but we'll just bottle that rant up for now) at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela.

While newspapers found the whole thing disrespectful - the photographer of the photo has said everyone is getting all het up about nothing.

Writing in APF, photographer Roberto Schmidt explained, "All around me in the stadium, South Africans were dancing, singing and laughing to honour their departed leader. It was more like a carnival atmosphere, not at all morbid."

"The ceremony had already gone on for two hours and would last another two. The atmosphere was totally relaxed – I didn't see anything shocking in my viewfinder, president of the US or not," he added.

Well there you have it. Even before this statement had been written - people on Twitter were much more understanding...




And afterall - if we're talking funeral selfies, these are much worse....


This guy '#RIPGrandma'-ed this snap...

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funeral selfie example - girl posing in mirror - photos - selfie trend - news - handbag.com

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