Selfies At Memorial Celebrations


There are so many ironies to be discussed in this blog post, I am not sure I can count them all.

The email from Comedy Central was titled Selfies at Funerals.  Well, first of all, it was not a funeral.  It was a memorial celebration of Nelson Mandela’s life.  That’s why I gave this blog the title that I did.

The actual segment of  The Daily Show seems to be titled “Tuesdays with Mourning”.  I am not sure this is a better description of what the affair was all about.  Be that as it may, below is the video of the actual segment of the show.


The well written remarks by Jon Stewart were aimed at the silly media and political response that I predicted in my previous blog post Obama shakes hands with Cuba’s Raul Castro.

The final few seconds of video shows Jon Stewart having the same type of overblown, silly reaction to the “selfie”.

I suppose this segment was aired before the publication of the USA Today article Photographer: Mrs. Obama not upset over selfie.

The photographer who took the viral picture of President Obama’s “selfie” with two other world leaders says Michelle Obama’s expression has been distorted.

The AFP picture — shot Tuesday at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service — shows Obama posing with British Prime Minister David Cameron and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt, and Mrs. Obama off to the side with a disapproving look.

But, as AFP’s Roberto Schmidt pointed out in a blog, “photos can lie.”

Writes Schmidt: “In reality, just a few seconds earlier the first lady was herself joking with those around her, Cameron and Schmidt included. Her stern look was captured by chance.”

Schmidt also discloses that Thorning Schmidt, the Danish prime minister, produced the smartphone in which the selfie is now presumably stored.


I can’t imagine any more twists to this story, but I won’t be entirely surprised if this story has more legs than a millipede.

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