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Michael Buble Sneakily Posts Woman’s Butt On Instagram Yet, Claims To ‘Respect’ Women

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> on January 16, 2015 in Singapore.

Michael Buble seems legitimately shocked that the internet is in an uproar over his recent Instagram post and accompanying hashtags describing a woman’s butt. Let’s be clear — she obviously had no idea she was in the photo and his posting it is not only beyond disrespectful, it’s flat-out disgusting. At worst, it promotes rape culture. At best, it’s objectifying a woman who had no say in the matter. Nice work, DoucheBro.

I don’t want to re-post the photo out of respect for this young woman but you can see it here if you like. It is a total creeper shot — apparently taken by Buble’s wife, if you can stand it. He is making a smarmy, perv face that I would love to slap right off of him. Of course, he is totally taken aback that anyone thought he had ill intent. The fact that it never occurred to him that it might be wrong to share a sneaky picture of a woman’s rear-end with his one million Instagram followers is incredibly disturbing. It’s not like he’s some random dude-bro schmuck showing it to his measly 38 followers — this is an egregious breach of her privacy. Sure, she is out in public wearing this outfit but I doubt she ever thought one million people would be peeping at her bum. If I were her, I would be completely mortified.

If you want to be even more disgusted, here are the hashtags Buble included with his post:

The hashtags demonstrate Bublé’s wide vocabulary when it comes to buttspeak. “#myhumps #babygotback #hungryshorts #onlyinmiami #beautifulbum.” Just, ew.

Sure, it’s nice he’s not saying anything insulting about her body or that she should be wearing more clothing but commenting at all in such a public and visible manner without her knowledge is wrong in every way. I feel terrible for this girl if she’s figured it out. I would probably hide in my house for a week if I were her.

For his part, he issued an apology and I guess I believe he had no idea anyone would be upset but that is the exact problem at play here — the fact that he really sees nothing wrong with posting an innocent woman’s butt on the internet for a million people to gawk at:

“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,” he said. “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.”

Yes, Michael. I can see where you were respecting this woman by showing her ass to the world without her permission. That is the very height of respectful behavior. Yuck. I never liked his music anyway, and now I don’t really like him. Instances like this make me all the more determined to teach my kids the true meaning of respecting others and that certainly doesn’t include doing what Buble did. I hope he’s learned his lesson.

(Image: GettyImages)