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May 14, 2016 12:10 AM

During the late ’90s when Dawson’s Creek was at the height of its popularity, James Van Der Beek was the heartthrob making teenage girls swoon, similar to Justin Bieber of this generation.

And while Van Der Beek understands the reason behind the pop star’s decision to stop taking pictures with fans, the 39-year-old actor also wants Bieber, 22, to know how it affects his Beliebers.

“Heard @justinbieber declared he’s not taking selfies with fans anymore… Back in the olden times, when I couldn’t go out without getting stopped for pics & autographs, I actually resorted to this look to hide,” Van Der Beek began his post along with a photo of his “intellectual fisherman” disguise that he used to blend in with non-famous people.

“I remember feeling like a circus animal, feeling like people didn’t give a s— about me as a human being. I remember thinking all they wanted was a pic and wouldn’t care if I got hit by a bus afterwards. I felt all that. I get it,” he said.

But Van Der Beek really drove home the point when he generously passed down the sound advice he once received from Oscar winner Jon Voight.

“Here’s the deal: You’re able to make somebody very happy by doing something very simple. And that’s a gift. And that’s all it is. That’s the advice Jon Voight gave me,” he continued. “And it turns out, he’s right. It’s not about what you take from the interaction, it’s about what you give.”

All in all, Van Der Beek recommends not to call Bieber a “selfish asshole,” though it’s “easy to have zero sympathy for a famous rich kid who doesn’t want to take pictures with excited little girls.”

From one idol to another, the Varsity Blues star wants Bieber to know that “fame isn’t ‘hard’… But it’s tricky. There are a lot of potholes, and if you’re not surrounded by the right inner circle, you’ll trip.”

On Tuesday, the “Sorry” singer posted a lengthy rant about feeling like a “zoo animal” because of fans constantly seeking photos from him. This latest demand comes months after he canceled all of his future concert meet-and-greets in March.

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