Update: Michael Bublé Apologizes For Rude Instagram

Update: Michael Bublé has issued an apology for his Instagram post, telling Us Weekly that he never intended to be hurtful. "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. It hurts me deeply that anyone would think that I would disrespect women or be insulting to any human being," the singer said. "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."

This story was originally published on April 16, 2015.

Recently, Michael Bublé made a serious faux pas on social media: The crooner shared a shot of himself, arms folded and slightly smirking, near an unsuspecting female bystander. All we see of this woman is her backside — particularly, her butt in a pair of black spandex shorts. “There was something about this photo lu took, that seemed worthy of instagram,” Bublé captioned the pic, which you can see for yourself below.

The photo has since garnered more than 38,000 likes — as well as a fair amount of flack from followers who think Bublé made a big mistake. Commenters have accused the singer of body-shaming the woman in the picture, as well as objectification and sidestepping consent; (it’s clear in the image that his subject was not aware that she was being snapped from behind.) But, other followers thought the negative reaction was unwarranted, and pointed out that a woman with that butt in those shorts understands what kind of attention she’s asking for.

Bublé clearly realized the image was likely to garner some negative attention — that’s likely why he attempted to caveat his post with big booty worshipping hashtags like #babygotback and #beautifulbum; as for why he felt it necessary to include #hungryshorts, the world may never know. The real problem here — and the one that Bublé likely never considered — is that this woman’s body wasn’t his to comment on and share in the first place.

Snapping a clandestine photo of a woman you don’t know in a public place and sharing it with the million people tuned into your Instagram account — even if you are being complimentary — is messed up. It boils a person down to their most diminished and least important form: what they look like. It’s sexist and creepy. And, women of the world, including the ones with ample bottoms in bike shorts, deserve better than that.

Michael Buble, Courtesy of Instagram

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