"It's not like I'm putting that on billboards," the Palo Alto actor explained during an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman. "I didn't ask you to look at it! It's what the people want! If you don't want to see it, don't follow me. Don't follow me on Instagram."
But if that pic was no big deal and he's just giving the fans what they want, why did he pull it down an hour after posting it? James didn't address that issue at all, but basically says we all need to lighten up.
"To me, it's just a fun thing," he added. "It's something I don't put a ton of thought into, but it gets a lot of attention." Well, we're still following you, James, and are 2 million other people, so looks like you win.
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