Michael Buble has issued a statement regarding a photo he put on Instagram earlier this week (above) that offended many of his followers. But he doesn’t apologize for posting it.

The statement reads:

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. 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.

Buble’s statement seems to miss the point of what offended people.

Most of his followers were mad because he seemingly did not have this woman’s permission to put her on his Instagram account. Some also thought he was fat-shaming her, though none of his hashtags really say anything about the woman being overweight.

Of course, just as many followers thought the photo was funny or even complimentary. One poster writes that she sees “nothing other than a young women feeling confident about her body and a young man being a healthy young man.”

But does that make it OK to post the photo without permission?

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."