Michael Bublé has to be the most harmless, least offensive celebrity ever, which is why it’s so surprising that he’s created a controversy on Instagram. The new dad posted a photo on his Instagram account that his wife took, and it depicts Bublé making a Jim Halpert-like face into the camera because in the background is a woman wearing very short shorts:
Fans called him out for being, basically, creepy and/or a jerk, and accusing him of shaming the woman for her choice of attire. Here’s one comment that breaks down the controversy pretty well:
No permission to take it… Why is there an incessant need to comment on female body parts in social media?@michaelbuble you are simply perpetuating this by posting such a ridiculous & pointless photo. If you & your wife are ever blessed with a daughter & a guy did this to her – how would you feel? No big deal? Only my daughter in shorts on a stranger’s social media page? Your apology is not honest, it shows you aren’t remorseful, you’re only paying lipservice to fans or potential fans to limit damage control. Be the gentleman you like to appear to be & issue an honest one instead. This photo is insulting/degrading to women & if you stop to think about it you will admit it to yourself.#degradingtowomennormalisedyetagain
Others called him “hilarious.”
Bublé responded to the backlash, posting on Facebook,
Anybody 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. 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.. 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.
Okay, some thoughts:
- “Anybody who knows me” is the worst way to start an apology. We don’t know you, Mr. Bublé, and it’s a total copout. So is saying, “I regret that there are people out there who found the photo offensive”, which is like saying, “Sorry you got upset” instead of saying, “Sorry I upset you.” So as an apology, this totally fails.
- I don’t think he meant disrespect (and certainly didn’t mean to make this mess), but that doesn’t make it any less creepy, which is what I think this is — totally creepy. If some non-famous dude did the same thing, most peoples’ reactions would be something like, “Eww, what a creeper.”
- It’s really not okay to take photos of people solely to mock them. That’s like basic kindergarten stuff.
Anyway, those are just my thoughts. What do you guys think?