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'Selfies at funerals,' sign of new trend?

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British Prime Minister David Cameron, from left, Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and U.S. President Barack Obama pose for a picture during Nelson Mandela's memorial at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Tuesday. (Dec. 10, 2013/AFP-Getty Images) British Prime Minister David Cameron, from left, Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and U.S. President Barack Obama pose for a picture during Nelson Mandela's memorial at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Tuesday. (Dec. 10, 2013/AFP-Getty Images)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

President Barack Obama's candid moment at Tuesday's Nelson Mandela memorial service in South Africa has gotten him some attention back in the United States.

The picture, which features him with the heads of state of Denmark and the United Kingdom, has gone viral, with many calling it "inappropriate."

However, if you look on social media, you'll find it's becoming a common thing.

Instagram features more than 206,000 photos under the hashtag of "funeral" and "funeralselfies" and there is also a website devoted to them.

FOX Carolina spoke with social media expert James Akers Jr., who said the picture Obama took with the other heads of state was likely not a sign of a new trend among an older generation. Akers said you should take in context - being caught up in the moment of an event that was a celebration of the life of Nelson Mandela, in every sense of the word.

"If he were in a chapel, taking a selfie, that would be different," said Akers. "It was an open-door sports venue during a celebration. I think, in general, if you watched any of it, it was a celebration."

Akers added that there is a generation gap when it comes to appropriateness of these types of pictures, with younger generations leaning towards taking them and posting them.

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