“Selfie (n.): A strange phenomenon in which the photographer is also the subject of the photograph, in a subversive twist on the traditional understanding of the photograph. Usually conducted because the subject cannot locate a suitable photographer to take the photo, like a friend.” – Urban Dictionary
There’s no denying it: Selfies are rampant on social media. A plague, one might say. And Olivia Munn has a very important message for you about them. Namely: Only YOU can prevent selfies!
The HBO drama The Newsroom returns this Sunday, so naturally the cast is hard at work promoting its new season. As part of their duties, they recently stopped by the Hollywood Reporter’s Cover Lounge for a chat and a photo shoot; while they were there, Olivia, who plays the brilliant but socially awkward Sloan Sabbith on the show, took some time out of her busy schedule to discuss the growing epidemic of selfies. Specifically, she addresses the ups and downs of celebrity selfies, demonstrating the kinds of shots one is likely to find on any famous person’s Instagram or Twitter account—that is, exactly the kinds of shots one should avoid displaying of oneself at all costs. It’s both hilarious and informative, and you owe it to yourself to take a watch. Here you go:
And there you have it. Olivia urges you to learn from the mistakes of Justin Bieber, Rihanna, and all the rest. Don’t fall prey to the temptation of the selfie!
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s senior editor.