Maybe Amy Schumer started a trend, because now Justin Bieber is taking a stand against having to pose for photos with fans, the poor guy. Bieber took to Instagram to post a snapshot of a typed-out note — because who doesn't like photos of text — explaining his new policy. "If you happen to see me out somewhere know that I'm not gonna take a picture I'm done taking pictures. It has gotten to the point that people won't even say hi to me or recognize me as a human, I feel like a zoo animal, and I wanna be able to keep my sanity," he wrote. "I realize people will be disappointed but I don't owe anybody a picture. and people who say 'but I bought ur album' know that you got my album and you got what you paid for AN ALBUM! It doesn't say in the fine print whenever you see me you also get a photo."
His announcement was met with more than a little blowback from some fans, arguing that it's all just part of the job for a pop star. But Bieber wasn't done, posting a rebuttal. "Years ago it was impossible to even take a picture at anytime not everyone was accessible to a camera now everyone has a camera phone and Now it's just a different thing," he wrote in a follow-up Instagram post. "If you think setting boundaries is being a douche I'm the biggest douche around but I think it's smart and will be the only way I last. I wanna enjoy life and not be a slave to the world and their demands of what they think I need to do." I'll overlook the "slave" reference for now, but only because he called himself a douche, which just warms my heart.
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