Inuit Take on Ellen's Oscar Selfie after Money Goes to Anti-Sealing Group

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Inuit Take on Ellen's Oscar Selfie after Money Goes to Anti-Sealing Group


Inuit take on Ellen's famous selfie

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IQALUIT, Nunavut - It's selfie versus sealfie.

Canadian Inuit are taking on a famous photo by Ellen DeGeneres at the Oscars after the celebrity gave some of the money raised from the star-studded picture to a group that fights seal hunting.

"Once in a while, a new pretty blond celebrity comes along and drowns our voice out," Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, an Inuk from Iqaluit who's organizing the protest, said Thursday. "I was surprised to see this time it's Ellen."

During the Oscar broadcast on March 2, host, comedian and daytime TV star DeGeneres went into the audience and snapped a selfie that included luminaries such as Bradley Cooper, Meryl Streep and Kevin Spacey. Smartphone manufacturer Samsung, which made the phone DeGeneres used, promised to donate a dollar to charity for every time the photo was retweeted.

The selfie almost immediately crashed Twitter and became the most widely retweeted photo ever. DeGeneres donated $1.5 million of the money raised to the Humane Society of the United States, one of the loudest voices against the seal hunt.

In statements on her website, DeGeneres, a vegan, calls the hunt "one of the most atrocious and inhumane acts against animals allowed by any government. …

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