Paris Hilton Claims to Have Invented the Selfie and People Are Freaking

The heiress and occasional media figure also gives some credit to her famous friend Britney Spears

Last Updated: November 20, 2017 @ 11:37 AM

On Sunday, Paris Hilton claimed credit for inventing the selfie.

The heiress and occasional media figure also gave an assist to her famous friend Britney Spears.

“11 years ago today, Me & Britney invented the selfie!”

Quite the claim.

Twitter, however, promptly did some fact checking, showing evidence of selfies going back 100 years. In fact, the first known camera selfie — then just known as the more banal self-portrait —  dates back to 1839.

The Hilton claim was so breathtaking, it caused a firestorm on Twitter — that is still raging. Even BBC couldn’t resist some trolling.