Michael Buble is apologizing for an Instagram picture that many interpreted as body shaming a young woman, with the singer saying he never intended it to be derogatory.
Buble started the controversy when he posted a photo on Instagram that showed a woman standing at a checkout counter in front of him, with her shorts not completely covering her backside. Buble himself stood in the foreground with a smirk on his face, and in the caption he wrote:
There was something about this photo lu took,that seemed worthy of instagram.
Michael Buble took heavy criticism for the Instagram photo, which many took to be body shaming.
“Did you ask her permission to post that?” one person wrote to Buble on Instagram.
“Would you say what you hashtagged to her face?” another asked.
Others didn’t believe it was a big deal, or at least thought Buble didn’t have bad intentions.
“The only reason he’s getting all this negative response is his fame.. Leave the man alone,” one person wrote. “I’m sure the girl will probably agree with what was said, and I’m sure she was expecting to have people looking at her butt.. Y’all needa find something better to fuss about people.”
It didn’t take the singer long to respond. As the angry replies piled up, Michael Buble took to Facebook to apologize for starting the controversy.
“Anyone who knows me would never misinterpret the message of the photo my wife took in Miami that seems to have caused unexpected rage by some people.” Buble continued, “I do not court controversy. But I realize that a photo that was meant to be complimentary and lighthearted has turned into a questionable issue. For the record, it hurts me deeply that anyone would think that I would disrespect women or be insulting to any human being.”
Michael Buble said the Instagram photo was not meant to be hurtful, adding that he has the utmost respect for all women.
“I was not brought up that way and it is not in my character. I regret that there are people out there who found the photo offensive. That was not and is not my intention. Women are to be celebrated, loved, respected, honored and revered. I’ve spent my life believing that and will continue to do so.”
Michael Buble is now trying to move past the Instagram controversy. Just a day after his apology, the singer was photographed doting on his 18-month-old son, Noah. Buble even stopped to smile and pose for the photographers who snapped pictures as they lunch with a family friend in Miami.
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