October 20, 2014
SYDNEY (AP) - An Australian hotel is declaring itself a graffiti Belieber, despite being at odds with city government.
QT Hotel in the Gold Coast said it gave Justin Bieber permission to spray graffiti on its wall. The Canadian singer and others posted images online showing cartoon faces in fluorescent paint on an outdoor wall at the hotel in Queensland state.
After hearing criticism, the hotel changed its Facebook page cover art Thursday to show Bieber, his graffiti and the declaration: "He asked, and we said YES."
Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate says the city wants it removed. He said the city didn't want "to have graffiti glorified."
In a letter to the hotel, Tate asserted the city can insist on removal of graffiti in private spaces if it's visible from public spaces.
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