Cameron explains selfie at Mandela memorial

December 11, 2013 - 1:05 PM
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Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron speaks during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, London in this image still image taken from video on Wednesday Dec. 11, 2013. British Prime Minister David Cameron said he was only being polite when he posed for a ``selfie’’ photo at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service deflecting complaints that he was being disrespectful during the occasion. Cameron joined President Barack Obama and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt in a camera phone snap at the service in South Africa on Tuesday. When asked about it in Parliament, Cameron said amid laughter from lawmakers that Mandela brought people together, so he thought it “only polite to say yes” to a request for a photo from Thorning-Schmidt, the daughter-in-law of former Labour leader Neil Kinnock. (AP Photo/PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron said he was only being polite when he posed for a selfie photo at Nelson Mandela's memorial service — deflecting complaints that he was being disrespectful during the occasion.

Cameron joined President Barack Obama and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt in the camera phone snap at the service in South Africa on Tuesday.

Many British newspapers featured the shot on their front pages Wednesday. The Sun tabloid offered the headline: "No selfie respect."

When asked about it in Parliament, Cameron said amid laughter from lawmakers that Mandela brought people together — so he thought it "only polite to say yes" to a request for a photo from Thorning-Schmidt, the daughter-in-law of former Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock.