The stars in the 86th Academy Awards couldn’t help themselves but give in to a group selfie which was initiated by the Oscars 2014 host Ellen DeGeneres. The said photo was posted on Ellen DeGeneres’ Twitter page. According to The Independent, upon uploading Ellen’s selfie on Twitter, in just three minutes it has gone viral. It has reportedly been tweeted for 80,000 times and over 1 million in an hour, with over 700,000 likes!
Ellen’s selfie with some of the Oscars 2014 stars which has gone viral worldwide also had a caption about Bradley Coooper’s arm.
“If only Bradley’s arm was longer. Best photo ever,” tweeted DeGeneres.
The group selfie is composed of no less than the famous stars in Hollywood today: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Jared Leto, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong’o, Pete Nyong’o, Channing Tatum, and Ellen DeGeneres herself. The goal of the group selfie is to gain record-breaking tweets.
Perez Hilton captioned the video of the Hollywood stars’ group selfie in his own Web site and jokingly posted that Jennifer Lawrence suggested about showing some boobs to get even more retweets.
“Somebody needs to drop a boob if we want it to get retweeted this many times,” suggested Lawrence in the report by Perez Hilton.
“We crashed Twitter,” DeGeneres later commented in a report by The Independent.
Here’s a short trivia about the word “selfie.”
According to BBC, in 2013, “selfie” was named as the word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries. The dictionary defined the word as a photograph that an individual has taken of oneself, typically taken by a smartphone and upload on social media. The Oxford Dictionaries’ editors stated that the word’s frequency in English language has been used 17,000% in 2013.
In tracing the famous word’s roots, it was discovered that “selfie” was first used in 2002 in an Australian forum. Apparently, it all started when someone from an ABC Online (forum posting) on Sept. 13, 2002 posted his photo when he tripped. He later apologized for the poor focus and insisted that he was not drunk. He said that it was because the photo is a “selfie.”
“Um, drunk at a mates 21st, I tripped ofer [sic] and landed lip first (with front teeth coming a very close second) on a set of steps. I had a hole about 1cm long right through my bottom lip. And sorry about the focus, it was a selfie,” stated the post on the ABC Online forum which was mentioned in the Oxford Dictionaries’ blog.
Judy Pearsall, the editorial director of Oxford Dictionaries said that social media helped the word gain popularity through the hashtag “#selfie.”
“But usage wasn’t widespread until around 2012, when selfie was being used commonly in mainstream media sources,” added Pearsall in an interview with BBC.
In August 2013, “selfie” has been added to Oxford Dictionaries Online, but not yet in Oxford English Dictionary. However, the dictionary has already considered the use of the word. The other words that were included in its list are “showroom” and “bitcoin.”
As for Ellen’s selfie with several famous Hollywood stars during the Oscars 2014, because it has gone viral in just a short span of time, it may not be included in the Oxford Dictionaries, but it just might get a nod from The Guinness Book of World Records for having the most number of retweets in Twitter. Check out the said tweet below.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 3, 2014