Justin Bieber Graffiti Tweet Was Sarcastic, Boston Politician Says

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Justin Bieber accepts award onstage at the MTV EMA's 2015 at Mediolanum Forum on Oct. 25, 2015 in Milan, Italy.

A Boston City Councilor says he was being sarcastic when he tweeted that he would introduce an emergency ordinance prohibiting Justin Bieber-inspired graffiti.

The pop singer asked artists around the world last week to paint murals inspired by tracks from his upcoming album, which is due Nov. 13.

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The singer posted a photo on Thursday of a mural on a Boston pizza shop, prompting a joking response from Councilor Matt O’Malley on Monday saying he planned to file legislation to keep such murals off city walls.

But not everyone grasped the intended humor and the tweet garnered a range of responses, including calls for O’Malley to focus on things like crime and poverty.

O’Malley says he has nothing against Bieber, but that he’s not a fan of his work.