Usher Shocks Fans With Raunchy, Full Frontal Snapchat Selfie

It is somewhat difficult to say if Usher’s Snapchat followers got more than they bargained for or exactly what they hoped for when they got a gander of the platinum award-winning singer in the buff on Thursday. It was unexpected, for sure, and fans are still scratching their heads as to whether or not Usher really intended to share a glimpse of his manhood with the denizens of cyberspace.

As noted by the Daily Mail, the 37-year-old singer took to Snapchat in the midst of a steam and shower session, posting a selfie revealing virtually every inch of his personhood, with the exception of a strategically placed emoji. The cheeky snap was captioned “blowinoffsteam.”

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Usher and Ford Foundation President Darren Walker attend the 2016 "Tina Brown Live Media's American Justice Summit" at Gerald W. Lynch Theatre on January 29, 2016 in New York City. [Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images]

Now if that still seems a bit tame by today’s standards, here’s the proverbial rub: Usher’s surprised and sweaty-faced emoji did not exactly serve its purpose in the pic, as a bit of Usher’s most private part remained visible. Unmistakably visible, even. It is not exactly clear as to whether Usher miscalculated in his placement of the cartoon face or if the emoji was simply not big enough to conceal his business.

Images and videos posted to Snapchat disappear by default after around 10 seconds according to the service’s official support page. Indeed, that attribute is arguably one of the most distinguishing features of the immensely popular social media platform. But images can be captured for posterity as screenshots, and that is exactly what some folks decided to do with Usher’s spontaneous spectacle. As news broke of Usher’s saucy shvitz show, media outlets including TMZ ran screenshots of the NSFW photo in earnest. Some re-posts were censored, but a few showed Usher’s full monty.

Along with the aforementioned racy fare, Usher also shared some snaps of himself in the shower on Thursday, although those images depicted the star from the waist up. In his posts, usher bragged that he had fully waterproofed his Samsung Galaxy 7 phone.

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Usher and Ice Cube attend the Straight Outta Compton VIP Screening on July 24, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. [Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Universal Pictures]

Usher touted his Snapchat account on social media just a couple of days prior to posting his naked selfie, sharing his “howusnap” handle with his 11 million Twitter followers. On Thursday, he engaged in a bit more Snapchat self-promotion via Twitter, almost as if to tease fans that something big was about to drop.

As mentioned by E! Online, Usher has a penchant for showing off online, previously posting a pic of himself on Instagram wearing nothing but a pair of low-cut, skin-tight boxer briefs. That particular slice of virtual cheesecake garnered over 62,000 likes.

Snapchat urges users to follow a set of “community guidelines” that effectively ban “sexually explicit content” and “nudity in a sexual context.” The rules provide a bit of wiggle room, though, as “other images in a wholly non-sexual context” are allowed.

For better or worse, it’s out there now. Moreover, Usher’s decision to bare it all – or most of it, as the case may be – will almost certainly prove an enduring reminder to the latter-day adage, “Once it’s on the Internet, it’s there forever.”

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