Sir Paul McCartney Claims He Invented The Selfie

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There’s no doubt that Sir Paul McCartney is a pioneer when it comes to music. As a Beatle he penned songs like “Eleanor Rigby,” “Getting Better” and “Penny Lane,” which have all helped cement his status as an inventive and prolific musical genius.

However, being a multi-platinum certified record artist and living legend of pop culture may not be enough for Sir Paul. Last night on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, the singer tried to lay claim to a portion of the viral internet as well.

While talking to Fallon about his upcoming 16th solo album, NEW,  Macca claimed to have invented the selfie, the ubiquitous, cell-phone-snapped self portraits that populate the internet. During the interview, the singer also asserted that he invented the photobomb. Good luck getting this sloth to pay royalties on that one.

According to Uproxx, the “selfie” has been around since roughly 1900 and while McCartney may want to claim many things, being 113 years old may not be one of them.

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3 comments
jbatu
jbatu

Did TIME actually publish this piece without a decent editor checking it? Was it that complicated to realized that Jimmy Fallon and Paul McCartney were just doing a sketch to entertain the audience? Did the author actually watch the clip that is embedded here, where you can clearly hear everyone laughing at the jokes on "selfies" and "photobombs"? I am spechless. Is TIME going to start reporting (and critizing) "news" reports from The Onion? TIME, please, start hiring real reporters, not people who think they are witty but actually degrade the profession.

Richard2013
Richard2013

I believe the author is trying to find something to knock McCartney because he can't knock his talent or his songwriting. Anyone who took those remarks as serious, doesn't know who Paul McCartney or Jimmy Fallon are. How can someone mistake comedy for a serious remark? The audience was laughing. Didn't that give it away? Jimmy Fallon was cracking up. That should have been a hint.

mcintosh2800
mcintosh2800

Well, kinda serious article about this for what was created as a joke which apparently some fell for.    I think, considering McCartneys first wife, one of rocks most successful photographers and a daughter, mary who is a professional photographer and a brother, Mike, who is a professional photographer in england I do believe McCartney is well aware of the fact he didn't invent it.  I think the slam pan by the band and jimmy's reaction as well as Mccarneys it was an obvious joke........