Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, British prime minister David Cameron, and President Obama selfie

A selfie that includes U.S President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt is making headlines in every newspaper these days.

The selfie was taken using Helle Thorning-Schmidt’s cell phone at the memorial for Nelson Mandela. The photograph was one of the most widely shared images to emerge from the ceremony in South Africa and quickly became the focus of online commentary and discussions.

Thousands of mourners gathered inside the FNB Stadium that borders Johannesburg on Tuesday, joining dozens of heads of state from around the world for the solemn tribute honoring the anti-apartheid leader.

While talking to a newspaper, Thorning-Schmidt said that it wasn’t inappropriate as there were lots of pictures taken that day, and she just thought it was a bit fun. She added that heads of state also have some fun when they meet.

Cameron in his defense has said that he was simply being polite since the Danish prime minister is married to the son of a former Labor Party leader, Neil Kinnock.

He also added that Nelson Mandela played an extraordinary role in his life and in his death in bringing people together. The White House has not commented on the now famous photo, however, it is rumored that Michelle Obama seemed to be rather peeved on seeing the Danish prime minister take the picture.

However, there is nothing much censorious about it. Funerals since a long time have been a place where many people go considering it a duty and to build their social network.

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