Public shaming on the Internet is on the rise

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Michael Buble in a file photo.

Public shaming is the act of using another individual in one?s social media post with a commentary to degrade, denigrate and outrightly make fun of their image. This to many is a form of online bullying, as an individual without their knowledge and consent becomes the object of ridicule resulting in nasty commentary and even shaming. While this has become regular online, this becomes a topic of national interest when a celebrity does this to regular individual.

One Sample of Shaming

One such instance was the post made by singer Michael Buble on Instagram, which was reported on cbc.ca. The photo showed the singer with a woman in the background wearing shorts, with the caption, ?#babygotback, #hungryshorts, #beautifulbum and #myhumps.? He added, ?There was something about this photo lu took, that seemed worthy of instagram.?

Buble, is married to Argentine model/actress Luisana Lupilato. In the photo, Buble had his arms across his chest. They posted the photo on Buble?s Instagram account.

The Internet Responds

Backlash as to the photo was quickly heard throughout the social media app. One critic said, ?Her shorts were a bit too short but how does that make it right for you to put her, unknowingly, in front of millions.?

Another one said, ?This is downright disgusting of you. What if she is underaged huh?? While another said, ?That?s not very nice. I would expect more from you and your wife? Hate the thought of creepy couples taking sneaky photos of my daughter or niece and posting them on the Internet.?

Some others have defended the singer, in a report from USMagazine.com. One Instagram user said, ?This isn?t body shaming. His hashtags weren?t even offensive. What?s shameful is that the woman has her but hanging out her shorts.? Maybe we should be criticizing what?s considered as acceptable apparel instead of criticizing Michael for what he probably meant as a playful post.?

Buble’s defens

In response, as reported on uk.celebrity.yahoo.com, Michael Buble has come forward to defend his post. He said, ?Anybody who knows me would never misinterpret the message of the photo of 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 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.?

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