In a country where shootings are happening left and right, it’s probably not a smart idea to pose with a gun as a joke. Justin Bieber was photographed holding a fake gun pointing it at an actor’s dad, and Selena Gomez is smiling happily next to them. The photo was taken on the set of Gomez’ movie Feed the Dog.
Once the pictures hit the Internet, criticism surfaced. Not everyone took the photos well, especially in light of the recent shootings in Colorado, New York City, Chicago and New Jersey.
Hollywoodlife.com wrote, “Justin, what is wrong with you? Not only this new photo show bad taste, but you’re also pointing it at another man in the photo.” The website also says, “Justin, whether you like it or not, you’re a role model. And millions of fans, 27 million on Twitter, are following your every move. You have power in this industry, and holding a gun in jest is just plain foolish.”
Justin Bieber certainly has a strong influence over his fans, and hopefully he realizes that he is not sending out a positive message with this photo.