Helena Andrews, a Washington Post gossip columnist attending the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, was apparently so glued to her phone that she couldn’t even take a break for the national anthem.
She was caught on camera by a CNN videographer and promptly roasted on social media.
“At #whcd disgusting disrespect for flag and anthem,” one person tweeted.
Another added, “*sigh* That’s disturbing. Well, I’m glad some folks in that photo are being respectful.”
After realizing she had been caught on TV camera, Andrews identified herself and attempted an explanation. “Apparently someone saw me on TV ‘texting’ during the dinner. FTR I was taking notes. On my phone. Because it’s 2015.”
Her text only added to the uproar. “Have respect and wait 3 minutes to take ‘notes’. People died for you,” someone said.
“We’re all well aware of the year. Respect for the National Anthem is timeless,” someone else added.
An apparent veteran chimed in: “…and to think I fight for your freedom. Everyone who’s replied to this is right. You show no respect…”
“There are those that defend this country and are moved to their soul by that song every time it plays!”
Someone pointed out there is not much difference between “taking notes” and “texting”: “As if that is any more excusable than texting? Were you writing down the words of the song before you forgot them? Come on.”