‘What Do You Mean?': Boston City Councilor's Justin Bieber Joke Prompts Twitter Backlash

A mural promoting the singer's new album recently popped up in Jamaica Plain

Less than 24 hours before Election Day, Boston City Councilor Matt O'Malley is taking a stand against Justin Bieber.

Well, not necessarily the pop star himself, but O'Malley - who is running unopposed Tuesday - joked on Twitter on Monday that he plans to introduce an emergency ordinance this week prohibiting graffiti inspired by the singer.

According to Boston Magazine, a graffiti mural recently appeared on the exterior wall of Ugi's Pizza in Jamaica Plain, the neighborhood represented by O'Malley. Bieber, whose songs "What Do You Mean" and "Where Are U Now" are both charting on Billboard's Hot 100, reportedly commissioned graffiti artists to paint murals around the world to promote his new album.

Reached by phone Monday, O'Malley said he was only joking and doesn't plan to file legislation. But that hasn't stopped fans of Bieber from coming after him on Twitter.

"I do all my own social media, and I like to have some fun with things," O'Malley said. "I've been surprised at how viral it's gone. It's been split from people who sort of understand my sarcasm and humor and I have herad from some devout fans who seem to have entire social media accounts set up just to defend Justin from slights. I do admire everyone's passion."


Boston is just one of several cities around the globe where the murals have been spotted so far. Others include London, Paris, New York and Los Angeles.

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