When I woke up this morning and flicked through Stuff online, I noticed an interesting story about an Instagram picture of Michael Bublé (posted 5 days ago).
Michael Bublé is narcissistic.
There was an opportunity to take a picture in a Miami store.
He made a conscious decision to include an unsuspecting bystander in the picture.
As far as I know, he did not ask for her permission, and he did not ask her permission for rights to post the picture on Instagram, accessed by 300 million account holders each month.
The image depicts a smirking (not teeth-smiling, not laughing) Bublé. In the background, a woman in shorts. It’s an “I like (to make fun of) big butts and I just can’t lie” face for sure.
Selfie? Probably. Look at the right arm position. The knuckle of the other hand steadies the device. I think Bublé insists his wife took the image. But that’s just me.
It was posted to Bublé’s one-million plus followers.
When some of the followers commented that the image looked derogatory, Bublé set about to put the record straight. Some of the Twitter comments are here.
He did not apologize; instead, he described an incredulity at the response, reposted here with key terms highlighted:
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.
As you can see, Bublé is not sorry. He comes over as victimized. He is sorry that people cannot understand his sense of humour, which probably involves smilingly and charmingly taking the piss out of other human beings. The next part of the statement seems to confirm this:
I regret that there are people out there who found the photo offensive.
He regrets that life chucked him killjoys who aren’t on his page.
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.
The minute I start taking advice about womanhood from a male Canadian crooner, is the same day I …
What’s actually wrong with this image?
Bublé, the white male, fucking up the explanation. It’s the back-pedalling.
Michael Bublé is a narcissist, who is never at fault, and charms the world. YOU are the problem, world. Get on my page!