Paris Hilton Claims to Have Invented the Selfie and People Are Freaking
On Sunday, Paris Hilton claimed credit for inventing the selfie.
The heiress and occasional media figure also gave an assist to her famous friend Britney Spears.
“11 years ago today, Me & Britney invented the selfie!”
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11 years ago today, Me & Britney invented the selfie! pic.twitter.com/1byOU5Gp8J
— Paris Hilton (@ParisHilton) November 19, 2017
Quite the claim.
Twitter, however, promptly did some fact checking, showing evidence of selfies going back 100 years. In fact, the first known camera selfie — then just known as the more banal self-portrait — dates back to 1839.
The Hilton claim was so breathtaking, it caused a firestorm on Twitter — that is still raging. Even BBC couldn’t resist some trolling.
OH HEY @ParisHilton, here's a brief history of the selfie, beginning in 1839 ????????
— BBC Newsbeat (@BBCNewsbeat) November 20, 2017
In response to Paris Hilton's claim that she invented the selfie 11 years ago, here's 16yo me in Fiji in 1986. ???? pic.twitter.com/yvmRCsGmiC
— sree sreenivasan (@sree) November 20, 2017
NO #ParisHilton #MrBean was the first to create a Selfie #PQSRecommends #selfie pic.twitter.com/ySgzDM7asy
— Paul Quibell-smith (@QuibellPaul) November 20, 2017
I guess you really can rewrite history. #selfie https://t.co/qkugxg2Ve6
— Sharon (@IsSharonHomeYet) November 20, 2017
George Harrison. 1966. pic.twitter.com/NclJMIpoK6
– George MacDonald (@geomac24) November 19, 2017
Or was it Buzz Aldrin? Also in 1966. pic.twitter.com/YBevKzT0qw
– Rita Panahi (@RitaPanahi) November 20, 2017
Would you believe December 1920.https://t.co/0FVqu4GA8j pic.twitter.com/wSQATOrxp5
– Ahron Shapiro (@AhronRShapiro) November 20, 2017
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Source: The Wrap