Justin Beiber is apparently still welcome in the Atlanta suburb of Buckhead after it was discovered that interns at a local radio station created a fictitious Facebook page as a protest against the embattled pop star.
Interns for the Rock 100.5’s “The Regular Guys” show created the Buckhead Neighborhood Coalition Facebook page and posted pictures to the page to make it appear as though Bieber wasn’t welcome in the suburb where he is reportedly looking for a home.
On Monday, the show’s hosts then posted another Facebook message after the hoax was revealed.
Larry Wachs, the show’s host, confessed on Monday to the hoax after many national and international media outlets reported the protest, including the New York Daily News, the BBC, and CNN, but was unapologetic about the stunt.
"That's a big win," Wachs said of the prank to CNN. "That's a huge win."
Another one of the show’s hosts, Tim Andrews, pretended to be Buckhead resident Harold White during an interview with CNN.
"We're concerned he'll bring the wrong type of element into a quiet, residential area," Andrews, as White, said over the weekend. "It is our position that a person with his means could certainly find a neighborhood more suited to his eclectic lifestyle."
Bieber, who will turn 20 on Saturday, has made headlines in recent weeks, including being the subject of a deportation petition. More than 100,000 people signed a petition on the White House’s website, demanding that Bieber be sent back to his native Canada.
The pop star was arrested in Toronto for allegedly assaulting his limousine driver in December. He’s also facing charges of drunken driving, resisting arrest, and driving on an expired license after being stopped by police in Miami Beach, Fla., in January. He’s also accused of egging a neighbor’s house in January in Los Angeles.
TMZ reported that Bieber will reject a plea deal
related to the Miami Beach DUI charge, saying he won’t submit to random drug testing.
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