The Danish Prime Minister HelleThorning-Schmidt has defended her now infamous ‘selfie’ with Barack Obama and David Cameron, despite being widely castigated for taking a picture of herself with the leaders of the US and Britain at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg this week. She told the Danish daily Berlingske that the picture had not been inappropriate, claiming the snap that sparked debate across the world was just a “bit of fun”.
According to her,“There were lots of pictures taken that day, and I just thought it was a bit of fun,” “Maybe it also shows that when we meet heads of state and government, we too are just people who have fun.” She also added that “There was a sadness, but it was basically a festive event that also celebrated a man who has lived for 95 years and achieved so much in his life.
Earlier this week, Mr Cameron defended posing for the pictures in the commons on wednesday, “In my defence, I would say Nelson Mandela played an extraordinary role in his life and in his death in bringing people together,” he said. “So of course when a member of the Kinnock family asked me for a photograph, I thought it was only polite to say ‘yes’.” The White House is yet to comment.