Nelson Mandela’s memorial service was always going to produce some memorable images. After all, it was an event that brought together more than 90 heads of state, not to mention celebrities including Charlize Theron, Naomi Campbell and Bono.
But the picture that’s causing the biggest rumpus of all is the snap of US president Barack Obama, Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt (who is married to former labour leader Neil Kinnock’s son and who once saw Sarah Jessica Parker on the street and jumped out of her car to say hi) and our own PM David Cameron, taking a selfie.
Barack Obama, Helle Thorning-Schmidt and David Cameron strike a pose [Getty]
Scores of you have taken to Grazia UK's Facebook to air your views on the ‘funeral selfie’, with many of calling it disrespectful and in bad taste. ‘Wrong wrong wrong’, writes Colette Burgess. ‘The world’s worst selfie’, says Style by Price. ‘How rude’, adds Shyla Wright.
David Cameron defended the snap earlier today in the House of Commons, saying, “Nelson Mandela played an extraordinary role in his life and in his death in bringing people together. So of course when a member of the Kinnock family asked me for a photograph, I thought it was only polite to say yes.” Well, quite.
Also defending Team Selfie is Roberto Schmidt from news agency AFP, who took the photograph of the three politicians in action. He said they “were simply acting like human beings, like me and you. I doubt anyone could have remained totally stony-faced for the duration of the ceremony, while tens of thousands of people were celebrating in the stadium,” he says. Of course, what we’re really dying to know is, did all three of them actually manage to get in the photo? And where can we see it?
Over on Grazia UK's Facebook page...
Andree Latibeaudiere Tacky, disrespectful and inappropriate. Surely they attended to celebrate his life and pay their last respects, not use it as an opportunity to exploit a hashtag.
Megan Ferguson Its not like our morbit funerals...its a celebration of his life and what he achieved! !! People were celebrating his life!
Charlene Jumbo Lol look how unimpressed The First Lady is, it's that look your mum gives you when you're talking/giggling in church. Men generally are kids.
Sharon Esson Nelson Mandela would of thought that was great, he had a sense of humour.
Chelsea Custer How is this any different than allowing for a press shot? People are always looking for controversy when there is none.
So what say you? Get involved in the debate by commenting here.
By Christina Quaine