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Bieber's Bare Ass Is Big on Instagram (NSFW)
Did you see the moon this weekend? Specifically, did you see the "moon shot" posted by pop mega star Justin Bieber to his Instagram account? The controversial snap was taken down soon after it went up (kinda like his pants, or what?) but not before it racked up 86,000 likes from his oh-so-adoring fans.
So was this PR or prank? The PR angle would be that Bieber was baring it all (or at least his behind) to promote his upcoming acoustic album, which is due out January 29. It's plausible--bare butt, "stripped down" music, and so on. Hmmm. However, unless the Biebs wants us all to associate his latest singing effort with butt crack, perhaps it was just something prank-like we can chalk up to the free wheelin' spirit of youth. After all, Bieber is a mere 18 years old.
Bieber's rep, Scooter Braun, is taking the prankster approach to the whole bare-cheeked ordeal, doing a little light-hearted damage control with his post-picture-posting Tweet:
And though the photo came down, thanks to the magic of the internet, it lives on!
Bieber's bare butt shot (As posted, then removed, by Justin Bieber on Instagram)