The White House reportedly objects to commercial use of David Ortiz’s selfie with Barack Obama

Posted on Apr 3 2014 - 3:45pm by Valerie Richardson

David Ortiz Selfie

A couple of days ago, Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz was part of a self shot picture or selfie with the President of the U.S. Barack Obama. As we all know by now, Ortiz’s selfie has come as part of a deal struck by Samsung to promote its products, similar to what was done during the Academy Awards recently by Ellen DeGeneres. It has now come to light that The White House wasn’t aware that this new selfie by Ortiz would be used for commercial purposes, which has led to some controversy.

Immediately after Ortiz posted the photo on Twitter, Samsung Mobile USA was quick to retweet it to its followers, thus confirming that this was indeed a commercial deal. We’re not sure if the White House’s disapproval will mean anything now as the picture has already been seen by millions of users and retweeted close to 50,000 times.

However, Samsung might get a call from the White House regarding this and we’re guessing it won’t be pleasant. Ortiz however has clarified that this photo wasn’t taken as part of a deal with Samsung, although it’s immaterial now.

Via: The Wall Street Journal

Image: Getty Images

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