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This Happened — March 3: Oscars Selfie

The Oscars selfie was a photograph posted during the 86th Academy Awards ceremony on this day in 2014, featuring several high-profile celebrities. It captured the selfie craze, and the obsession with celebrity culture.

Who took the 2014 Oscars selfie?

The selfie was taken by Bradley Cooper, with the phone of the host of the ceremony, Ellen DeGeneres, and included several other celebrities, such as Jennifer Lawrence, Lupita Nyong'o, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey, Brad Pitt, and Angelina Jolie.

Why did the 2014 Oscars selfie go viral?

The 2014 Oscars selfie quickly went viral due to the high-profile nature of the celebrities in the photograph, as well as Ellen DeGeneres' large social media following. Within minutes of being posted on Twitter, the selfie had been retweeted many thousands of times and it became the most retweeted tweet of all time at the time. The selfie also helped to boost Samsung's profile, as the smartphone brand was a sponsor of the Oscars.

Was the 2014 Oscars selfie pre-planned?

While it was later revealed that the selfie was pre-planned by Samsung and Ellen DeGeneres, the candid nature of the photograph and the spontaneous reactions of the celebrities helped to create a sense of authenticity and fun.

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Violence Against Women, The Patriarchy And Responsibility Of The Good Men Too

The femicide of Giulia Cecchettin has shaken Italy, and beyond. Argentine journalist Ignacio Pereyra looks at what lies behind femicides and why all men must take more responsibility.

photo of a young man holding a sign: Filippo isn't a monster, he's the healthy son of the patriarchy

A protester's sign referring to the alleged killer reads: Filippo isn't a monster, he's the healthy son of the patriarchy

Matteo Nardone/Pacific Press via ZUMA Press
Ignacio Pereyra

Updated Dec. 3, 2023 at 10:40 p.m.


ATHENS — Are you going to write about what happened in Italy?, Irene, my partner, asks me. I have no idea what she's talking about. She tells me: a case of femicide has shaken the country and has been causing a stir for two weeks.

As if the fact in itself were not enough, I ask what is different about this murder compared to the other 105 women murdered this year in Italy (or those that happen every day around the world).

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We are talking about a country where the expression "fai l'uomo" (be a man) abounds, with a society so prone to drama and tragedy and so fond of crime stories as few others, where the expression "crime of passion" is still mistakenly overused.

In this context, the sister of the victim reacted in an unexpected way for a country where femicide is not a crime recognized in the penal code, contrary to what happens, for example, in almost all of Latin America.

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