Thursday, December 12, 2013

The Story Behind The "Selfie"

Yes...as much as I don't like talking about silly stuff like this.. I am forced to..

Everybody on social media had been posting photos of a sequence of events involving President Obama and the Prime Minister of Denmark and weighing in on whether The first Lady sat in between them after his speech and whether she was pissed because it appears the Prez and the Blonde Prime Minister were getting too chummy... 

People however convieniently did not post this photo (below).....(Some of us love to create and assume drama where there might not be any....) Truth be told...For all the speculation...We don't know what was going on up there!


The photographer who captured the picture of President Barack Obama posing for a selfie during Nelson Mandela’s memorial wants to set the record straight.

First, the president really didn’t commit a funeral faux pas by posing for the selfie, the photographer said. And second, the first lady wasn’t as annoyed as she looked.
“Photos can lie,” said AFP photographer Roberto Schmidt wrote in a blog post, “The story behind ‘the selfie.’”

Roberto Schmidt took the photograph of President Obama smiling Tuesday for a self-portrait along with British Prime Minister David Cameron and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt, who took the picture with her smartphone.

Although other photos showed First Lady Michelle Obama looking peeved over the display, “in reality just a few seconds earlier the first lady was herself joking with those around her, Cameron and Schmidt included,” the photographer said.
“Her stern look was captured by chance,” he said.

Many in the media, and online, had interpreted that “stern look” to mean disapproval of the president’s lighthearted behavior at a historic occasion. Schmidt addressed that, too.

When the Danish prime minister took out her mobile phone and took a photo of herself smiling with President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron, she did so in a celebratory environment, he said.

Of course people...and I hate to say this...Mostly Black women, didn't want to believe this....The truth is boring...They were busy cybe high fiving each other saying..."Go head Michelle...Aint gon be no scandal here......" a reference to the popular Television series in which an outside crisis management consultant is having a full blown affair with the fictional President. 
 
People watch too much Scandal-LMAO! Remember, that's a television show..It's made up! This is real life!

“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,” Photographer Schmidt said. “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 U.S. or not. We are in Africa.”

Schmidt said he doubts anyone could have “remained totally stony faced” for the entire memorial, especially as thousands of people celebrated in the South African stadium where it took place.

“For me, the behaviour of these leaders in snapping a selfie seems perfectly natural,” he said.

Of course...This won't be enough for people....Like I said...The truth is boring....Foolishness is much more fun!
 
 
 

5 comments:

Tiha Richrdson said...

Thank you, Cuzo...soooo sick of ppl with this bull!!! They can't win, either he is the angry black man or she is the angry black wmn with an attitude!!! Sad part, it's coming from our own community, we gots ta do better!!!

Anthony Carter said...

Nupe. One of reasons I really don't like scandal is that it more acceptable for a black female to be with the white male (president) than the other way around. As noted by the enthusiasm of the bad look of Michelle in the pictures posted

Shelly Shell said...

I said there was more to the story. It was funny to see the supposed sequence of the pictures. People will do anything to spin a story.

Nancy Churchville said...

Thank you Keith!

Shakela Strawberry said...

Thanks so much for this




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