Benjamin Netanyahu Has Had Enough With Your Selfies

Israel’s Prime Minister is apparently not a fan of selfies:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is having trouble adjusting to this generation’s obsession with picture taking and photo sharing.

During a photo shoot prior to an interview session with the foreign press last week, the prime minister waxed nostalgic, lamenting in a Louis C.K.-esque manner over the failure to live in the moment among today’s selfie-crazed society.

“What do you get out of all these pictures?” Netanyahu can be seen asking an unseen cameraman in a video uploaded to YouTube on Wednesday.

“I mean, what exactly do you do with it?”

Netanyahu is answered that the photographers seek the best picture, but apparently that reply does not satisfy him.

“OK, so what? What do you do with it?”

Netanyahu is then told that many of the photos are used for “behind-the-scenes footage,” to which the prime minister simply replies “boring.”

The Israeli leader goes on to criticize society at large and reflects on the fact that excessive photography has come to replace actual living.

“I don’t understand this new world,” Netanyahu complains.

“When do they have time to live? They’re taking pictures all the time.”

Shortly after this, the Prime Minster told everyone to get off his lawn.

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  1. Shortly after this, the Prime Minster told everyone to get off his lawn.

    Unfortunately he thinks his lawn covers the entire West Bank.

  2. C. Clavin says:

    @Stormy Dragon:
    Worst. Ally. Ever.

  3. Andre Kenji says:

    I wish that he had enough of War, not of selfies. Complaining about selfies is a rare occasion when Netanyahu is not claiming for War.

  4. Franklin says:

    I’m no fan of the man, but I’m sympathetic to this particular argument. And I’ve gotten complaints from my wife and others about it.

    For example, if I go to the Grand Canyon, it’s because I want to experience the Grand Canyon, it’s not so I can take pictures of it. There are already a billion photos of it, and you can find them anywhere. Photography as a hobby is fine, but it’s just not my interest.

    Plus, as that recent study showed, taking photos actually makes you forget: link