Maybe the candid photo was trying to capture a celebration of peace between nations?
Nearly 100 heads of state gathered in Johannesburg today for the four-hour memorial service for the late South African President Nelson Mandela.
President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Denmark's Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt sat together. Naturally, it was the perfect opportunity for the powerful trio to grab a quick group photo.
Selfies at funerals aren't looked on highly — there's a tumblr dedicated to mocking the inappropriate shots — nor are selfies taken at memorial services, apparently. A photo of the three leaders grinning for Thorning-Schmidt's camera immediately went viral, drawing criticism for "lack of propriety" from around the world.
"Obama has taken a funeral selfie, so our work here is done," posted the Selfies at Funerals tumblr.
"It could be worse for the first lady, of course: Cameron or Thorning-Schmidt could have asked her to hold the camera," writes Slate's Josh Voorhees.
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President George W. Bush also failed selfie etiquette, posting an Instagram pic of himself with Bono at the memorial.
We learned this lesson last week: A selfish self-portrait faux pas can land you on the front page.
Always think before you pose.