There are a lot of bad behaviors that can be overlooked during a memorial service. There’s a big difference between the occasional uninvited guest and someone who shows up to steal food. However, when it’s a huge event like the memorial service of Nelson Mandela and you’re one of the hundreds of dignitaries showing up to the event, a little decorum is probably a good idea. You don’t want to get caught taking selfies at a funeral, like a certain United States President. President Barack Obama was caught by the press taking selfies at Nelson Mandela’s funeral. Alongside Obama are British Prime Minister David Cameron and Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt.
Of course, I understand that when you meet a famous person, you’ll want to take a picture with them, and PM Thorning-Schmidt just met two of the most famous figures in the Western world. Still, in the middle of the memorial ceremony seems like a bad idea, and it seems like Michelle Obama’s reaction says it all when it comes to the appropriate timing of this particular selfie. At least George W. Bush’s selfie with Bono seems like better timing, since there’s no one in the photo obviously glowering angrily at the camera.
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