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Pack It Up, President Obama Took A Selfie At Nelson Mandela's Funeral

By Joanna Robinson | Pajiba Love | December 10, 2013 | Comments ()


I have drunk deeply and greedily of the Obama Kool-Aid, so it pains me to share that photo with you. The Selfies At Funerals tumblr responded accordingly. At least one Obama had the good sense not to get involved. Michelle, for your totally justified b*tchface, we salute you. (NDN)

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Here, let’s obliterate that hurt with the righteous anger that comes from seeing Kim Kardashian compare herself to Elizabeth Taylor. And that will bring us back to b*tchfaces.

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • Liroo

    Eh. The cellphone thing. Look, I live in Eastern Central Africa. I remember when Madiba died and the whole club went quiet at 3am. It was serious. People burst into tears. Everyone in my country was glued to their TV for the memorial. Even DSTV (South African TV network we use) created a channel called MDIBA that runs for free 24 hours with documentaries and clips from his life.

    And just so you know, nobody I know in Africa thinks the selfie is a story. And we think of Obama as a big deal. So it's not that he's not 'our leader'. It's just that we get that the memorial was long and when you bring people together banter and silliness happens. You think Desmond Tutu didn't crack a joke here and there?

    Basically feel as indignant as you want about it. But this continent doesn't care. And we worship Madiba. But we care a lot more about celebrating his legacy. Not statesman having a light-hearted moment at a memorial of a man whose smile could literally light up this whole continent.

  • csb

    It's worth pointing out that Mandela's funeral doesn't take place until Sunday. It was a memorial event that they were snapped at taking their selfie, but that still shouldn't take away from the dickishness of Cameron and Obama.

  • mzblackwidow

    "Here, let’s obliterate that hurt with the righteous anger that comes
    from seeing Kim Kardashian compare herself to Elizabeth Taylor. And that
    will bring us back to b*tchfaces."

    Unbelievable is an overused word. Stupid fugly fucking talentless classless famewhore is an underused comment (it cannot be said enough about those Kardash - whatever scum)
    To avoid my head exploding, this >>>>>HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHAHAHAH ... AA

  • mswas

    There are "flames, flames on the side of my face...."

  • Emm82

    Selfies at a funeral (any). Understandable - one time only thing, etc. Also - rude & disrespectful. Pack it in. If you're past 13 you're old enough to know better.

  • Silchasruin

    Its NOT a funeral. That would be sunday. This was a celebration with speaches, songs and dancing. But sure, lets find something to bitch about on the internet without using our brains at all

  • Maddy

    Michelle Obama's face in that picture is amazing

  • F'mal DeHyde

    Were they taking a selfie or were they all just looking at something on the camera?

  • jM

    When I'm done twirling, I need to try to remember what channel VH1 is on. YAY!

  • Judge_Snyder

    There hasn't been a Jack Reacher 1, never mind 2. "Generic Tom Cruise Action Vehicle #53" doesn't count.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Is that the Fucking Prime Fucking Minister of Fucking England in that fucking selfie with Obama at a fucking funeral? Fucking unbefuckinglievable. Did they bring fucking snacks, too?

  • Liroo

    No. They were taking selfies at a Memorial Service. One which included jokes, dancing, music, and plenty of photos taken.

    It wasn't a funeral. That's on Sunday.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Yes, but I didn't know that part when I flew off the handle now did I? You have sucked all the joy out of my umbrage. I hope you're happy.
    Subject: Re: New comment posted on Pack It Up, President Obama Took A Selfie At Nelson Mandela's Funeral

  • Mrs. Julien

    Then again, it's just vulgar, it's not a drone strike.

  • JayWantsACat

    I never realized how much Maurice Sendak was a real part of my childhood until I saw those posters. I enjoyed Where The Wild Things Are, but it was never my go-to book or anything. But seeing those posters? My heart jumped(!) and the smell of books and the library came flooding back. Those feelings I had, the sights of round table with plastic chairs, R.I.F....all that was brought back. I have a huge smile on my face right now.

  • chanohack

    I call SHENANIGANS on that GFY post supposedly featuring all my favorite American Hustle people that does not even include my girlfriend Jennifer Lawrence in fifteen pictures.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    I'll take Carla Gugino and Elisabeth Röhm as suitable replacements.

  • loo shag brolley

    I can only hope they left her out on purpose because she wore something truly horrendous and will get her own showcase later. (I don't have any issues with Jennifer Lawrence. I just love a good Fug.)

  • chanohack

    ... OR that she wore something so fantastic that she's getting her own "Well Played" post! (Though probably not. I'm looking at you, Dior.)

  • loo shag brolley

    Oh dear lord, that THING. If her people are letting her out in that, imagine the other things they won't say no to... a girl worries.

  • Wrestling Fan

    Sound Of Music Live was so bad that it killed the movie's Baroness Schraeder? Damn!

  • luthien26

    I should not have laughed at this, but I absolutely did. :)

  • loo shag brolley

    Is it too much to ask for Martin Scorsese to look farther than Leonardo Di Caprio when casting the rest of his films? I just have never been able to look forward to seeing him in anything. To be fair, my thoughts on this are 40% general dislike, 60% I'm Still Not Over River Phoenix Being Dead.

  • loo shag brolley

    My favorite salute to The Baroness

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Amazing. Every now and then McSweeneys is brilliant. (it's decorative gourd season, motherfucker!)

  • Bananapanda

    I'm Comic Sans Asshole.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Yes, definitely that one.

  • BWeaves

    That was glorious.

  • cdramy

    i don't see the problem with these leaders taking selfies. it's not like Mandela died some premature freak death and everyone was shocked and saddened. it's been known that he was going to pass for a while now because that's what happens when you start reaching an age like 95. the funeral was a CELEBRATION of his life, his achievements, his ability to bring people together for a greater good and understanding -- and what do we do when we celebrate and come together? we take selfies, dammit.

  • John G.

    I agree. It's a funeral. Everyone should be drunk and their behavior should not be monitored or criticized. But then again, I'm Irish.

  • kirivinokur

    It's not the worst of things, but it doesn't seem appropriate. Yes, it's a celebration, but if I imagine a Republican doing the same, I would have seen it as someone making light of the sacrifices and Mandela's accomplishments. It doesn't matter much who's doing it. It feels inappropriate for a world leader to do this.

  • If a Republican had done it, the Internet would have lost it's collective mind.

  • ZombieNurse

    I have to respectfully disagree. I find it extremely inappropriate for anyone (much less the president) to pull out a cell phone at a funeral. Any funeral, really, but especially such a high profile funeral as Nelson Mandela's. I know I sound like an offended maw-maw, but can't we just put the phones away until afterwards? A selfie at the after service buffet, maybe, but while sitting there?

    Of course, I'm kind of giggling while imagining what the Instagram caption might be on that picture, which pretty much neutralizes my argument.

  • bastich

    It would be "YOLO", of course.

  • BWeaves

    I agree with ZombieNurse.

    Just because people take selfies everywhere, doesn't make it appropriate everywhere. And especially for a world leader. And especially at a funeral for an even bigger world leader.

    I know some people may find this amazing, but you really do not need to have your phone in your hand every single minute. It's like your penis. Put it away until you really need to use it.

  • bastich

    So *that* shouldn't be in my hand at funerals, either? But then how do I signal to the widow that I wanna hook up with her later?!?

  • L.O.V.E.

    Have some class. Wait until you get to the cemetery and whisper, "If you like seeing a buried stiff why don't you meet me in the crematorium."


    "Watching you in that black dress is giving me a case of rigamortis in my pants (wink, wink)"


    "You think that casket has got a lot of silk-lined wood, you should see me in your undies."

  • BWeaves

    Semaphore! I learned it in Brownies. It works well from the back of the church or across a graveyard.

  • Wōđanaz Óðinn

    Who died and made you president of acceptable funeral behaviour?

  • loo shag brolley

    Aren't you paying attention? It was Nelson Mandela. In his will he appointed ZombieNurse as President Of Accepted Funeral Behaviour, or PresAFB. She had previously held the post of VicPresAFB.

  • ZombieNurse

    Nelson Mandela.

  • loo shag brolley


  • cdramy

    cell phones are an inevitable part of our global culture. cell phones are one of our main tools for expression, sharing, and to capture memories. it's hard to think that suddenly no one is gonna use one in a moment that inspires a lot of emotion and expression. a moment that you most definitely would want captured and remembered. you have world leaders of different countries wanting to take a photograph together at a celebration of a man who changed race relations - that's pretty fucking cool in my book.

  • L.O.V.E.

    cell phones are an inevitable part of our douchey global culture. cell phones are one of our main tools for conceit, facebook likes, and self-flagellation. it's hard to think that suddenly no one is gonna be a jackweed in a moment that inspires a lot of emotion and expression despite all common sense begging otherwise. a moment that you most definitely would want captured and remembered in the most trashy way possible even though there are hundreds of professional photographers including your own white house photographer around. you have world
    leaders of different countries wanting to take a photograph together like its New Years Eve and no one of import is worthy of your consideration - that's pretty fucking self-absorbed in my book.


  • cdramy

    haha oh man we gotta relax. ultimately my main reason for "defending" this or whatever is that I just don't think it's real news in any way and don't understand why people are spinning over it. everyone's covering this like it's a major event when most people may have done something similar. people were dancing and singing and cheering at that funeral ( i stayed up to watch it) and I can understand why they did what they did, even if I wouldn't have done it myself. you can't judge how people grieve, or celebrate, or their intent behind the act. at the end of the day obama flew out of his way, leaving important ass shit, to go across the world to attend -- can you really say he doesn't respect mandela?

  • mograph

    Since when is real news real news? The seventies?

  • John G.

    January 3rd, 1971 was the last time.

  • L.O.V.E.

    I don't think its THAT big a deal, and I understand the celebratory nature of this funeral, but when I see a selfie like that it makes me think of this ...

  • JoannaRobinson

    Yes Obama's white man's overbite in that selfie screams "emotionally resonant moment I want to remember."

  • F'mal DeHyde

    "White man's overbite"?

  • JoannaRobinson

    First of all, yeah, what John G. said.

  • JoannaRobinson

    Secondly, I swear to you I just googled "White Man's Overbite" and this already existed.

  • John G.

    When Harry Met Sally reference

    you Heathen!!!

  • zeke_the_pig


  • cdramy

    Joanna!! I'm just happy you commented on my comment because I love you and if I saw you I would take a selfie with you no matter where we were or how inappropriate it was.

  • JoannaRobinson

    Accost me at a funeral anytime.

  • L.O.V.E.

    Accost Me At A Funeral is a great live band.

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