Justin Bieber compares himself to Michael Jackson after arrest

The singer juxtaposed a photo of himself leaving a police station next to of the King of Pop leaving court

Published January 24, 2014 9:47PM (EST)

A day after he was charged with a DUI, resisting arrest and drag racing, Justin Bieber has broken his silence (sort of) via Instagram to remind his legion of fans that he is still the reigning king of pop (again...sort of).

Bieber posted a photo of himself leaving the police station on an SUV, mimicking a photo taken of Michael Jackson just after the singer left court -- where he pleaded not guilty to child molestation. The two photos appear side-by-side on Bieber's Instagram with the caption, "What more can they say," possibly a reference to Jay-Z's song "What More Can I Say?" on "The Black Album."

It's not clear what statement Bieber is making in the photo: That his legal issue was like Michael Jackson's? That he is actually innocent and will prevail? That he is the King of Pop?

Whatever it is, as Vulture's Amanda Dobbins writes, the photo seems "...ill-advised."

By Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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