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Published: Fri, November 29, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

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Aussie hotel proud of its Bieber graffiti

SYDNEY

An Australian hotel is declaring itself a graffiti Belieber, despite being at odds with the 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.”

The Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate says the singer risked undermining the city’s efforts to fight graffiti. 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.

But in further posts on its Facebook page, QT Hotel defended Bieber as an excellent hotel guest and said it wanted to promote graffiti as an art form.

Bieber performed in Brisbane on Wednesday and has more concerts in Sydney today and Saturday.

West calls out Nike exec during concert

NASHVILLE, TENN.

Kanye West continued to vent at former partner Nike, taking to the mic during a concert again this week to complain about his treatment by the sports apparel company.

West spent more than 6 minutes talking and singing about the company during his “The Yeezus Tour” stop Wednesday at the Bridgestone arena in Nashville. Taking on the role of a preacher in the cult of personality, West talked to the crowd about following a dream, creativity and culture, alluding to the media and corporations he feels have tried to keep him from expressing himself fully.

“Do you know who the head of Nike is?” West asked. “No, well let me tell you who he is: His name is Mark Parker, and he just lost culture. Everyone at Nike, everyone at Nike, Mark Parker just let go of culture.”

West said recently that he’s partnering with Adidas.

Kean dies; starred on ‘Honeymooners’ revival

LOS ANGELES

Jane Kean, a diverse performer who got her start in musical theater but was best known as Trixie alongside Jackie Gleason on a TV revival of “The Honeymooners,” has died. She was 90.

Kean, of Toluca Lake, died Tuesday at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank where she was taken after a fall that led to a hemorrhagic stroke, her niece, Deirdre Wolpert, said Thursday.

Kean first started working with Jackie Gleason in the 1940s, when they were both on the vaudeville circuit.

Her big break, however, came in 1966 when Gleason and CBS revived the hit show “The Honeymooners” in Miami Beach, expanding it to an hour and adding musical numbers.

Associated Press


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