Some recent Justin Bieber Instagram images have been stirring up quite a bit of celebrity controversy. No they aren’t Selena Gomez nude photos, or naked photos of himself, but some images some believe were done in poor taste involving boxer Manny Pacquiao. So not that long after reality star Kim Kardashian threatened to leave the site, will the Biebs be forced to quit Instagram too?
As reported last night by The Post Game, Bieber’s 4.5 million Instagram followers were subjected to some images involving boxer Manny Pacquiao, who was recently knocked out by challenger Juan Manuel Marquez. One of the images parodies the “Lion King” movie from Disney, showing Simba checking on Pacquiao, who is face down in the ring. Bieber added a caption saying “Dad wake up.”
In another image, Pacquiao was seen leaning on the ropes with Michael Jackson photoshopped in dancing. Bieber added the caption “Pacquiao doing the lean with MJ .. Classic moment.” Those two images were enough to grab the attention of the Philippines Congress who released the statement:
“Mr. Bieber should have known that the Hon. Pacquiao has reached his stature as such as a result of sheer hard work, determination and firm belief in God, and despite such stature best exemplifies humility and grace even in defeat.”
It’s been reported that Justin Bieber is a Floyd Mayweather friend and fan. As of this report, there still is no scheduled fight between Manny Pacquiao and Money Mayweather, although fans want it to happen to see who’s the best of the two boxers. Meanwhile, Bieber hasn’t been threatened to quit Instagram, or even said he will, but various fans have written to him saying they were disappointed with the Photoshop images. Bieber has yet to issue a formal apology.
The question becomes whether or not Bieber’s images were in poor taste, or in good humor. The one with Michael Jackson references a dead pop icon, while the other is just a cartoon. However, both make fun of Pacquiao’s loss. Is Bieber any worse than the fans who heckle at sporting events?
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