Anderson Cooper Selfie Showdown
A war of words exploded during coverage of the Ottawa shooting, when a local journalist asked Anderson Cooper for a selfie. INSIDE EDITION has the story.
Anderson Cooper was definitely not in the mood to snap a selfie as he broadcasted live from the site of the terrorist shooting in Canada.
In a YouTube video, a reporter could be heard asking the CNN anchor to pose for a photo. Cooper swiftly shuts him down.
Cooper said, "No, I will not take a photo with you on a day when someone was killed. It seems wildly inappropriate."
The reporter said, "Alright, thanks a lot Anderson, at least I tried."
The reporter, Vandon Gene, took to Twitter to lash out at Cooper: “I simply asked for a photo. You are exploiting this tragedy by flying to Ottawa from NYC. I just got out of a 12 hr lock down.”
What followed was Twitter warfare.
Cooper tweeted back: “Dude, you were rude and asking for a selfie near where a soldier was killed. It was completely inappropriate. Think about it. I can't believe any station employs you, and if you want to be a journalist, learn how to behave when covering a story.”
Now, Vandon is speaking out and he admits he was in the wrong.
INSIDE EDITION's Les Trent spoke to Vandon and asked, "Do you see what he means when it is kind of an inappropriate time to ask for that picture?"
Vandon said, "Absolutely and I understand what he was saying and I have sinced apologized for going out on Twitter and really lashing out. I mean, it was a long day for me and my judgement was clearly impaired."
Unfortunately, it came too late. He lost his job today.
Emotions everywhere are running high over the terror shooting at Parliament. Supermodel Chrissy Teigen, of all people, started a firestorm when she tweeted: "Active shooting in Canada, or as we call it in America, Wednesday."
"Thanks for the neighborly love in this time of pain in Canada. Acts of terror are not funny," went one angry comment.
But on her video blog, Rosie O’Donnell came to her defense. She said, "Chrissy, I know exactly what you are saying and I am 100% behind you."
The Sports Illustrated model who is married to John Legend had this to say, "No one is minimizing the Ottawa shooting. I am not apologizing. If you take it wrong, that is your fault."
Whatever her intentions, some say Teigen may have been guilty of poor timing.
Eric Bolling of Fox News' The Five said, "Really, I mean, they are literally still doing CPR on some of the victims in Canada, and she is tweeting, in I believe in some sort of gun control rant."
Another person from the show jumped in and said, "And she refuses to apologize, by the way."
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