Well according to Paris Hilton, it was…wait for it…Paris Hilton! On this day, 11 years ago, Paris claims that her and Britney Spears heroically ventured onto uncharted territory, turning the camera on themselves, and making the selfie the disastrous part of life that it is today.
11 years ago today, Me & Britney invented the selfie! pic.twitter.com/1byOU5Gp8J
— Paris Hilton (@ParisHilton) November 19, 2017
Paris’s statement was met with its fair share of people challenging her claim. There’s Bill Nye the Selfie Guy from 1999.
There’s Sabrina the Teenage Witch in 1996.
sabrina the teenage witch joins the craze in 96 pic.twitter.com/hdAFH1r3oV
— fresh2fresh (@freshtwofresh) November 19, 2017
There’s Kramer’s accidental discovery during a 1995 episode of Seinfeld.
oh realy because heres kramer inventing the selfie in 1995 pic.twitter.com/dtmR0Kh3lP
— Seinfeld Current Day (@Seinfeld2000) November 19, 2017
— Oscar (@ogracia) November 19, 2017
There’s Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis in 1991’s Thelma & Louise.
— Dexter (@WalterAsensio) November 19, 2017
There’s George Harrison in 1966.
George Harrison. 1966. pic.twitter.com/NclJMIpoK6
— George MacDonald (@geomac24) November 19, 2017
All of these examples are meant to prove that Paris cannot take credit for inventing the selfie because there are, at least, dozens of other people who have a more effective argument. Plus, they have the selfies to prove it.