A Facebook protest page that was seemingly set up to organize against any attempt by pop superstar Justin Bieber to move into Atlanta's exclusive Buckhead community has been revealed to be part of an elaborate hoax. CNN, admittedly among the media snookered by the Regular Guys radio show, reported the prank on Monday.
"Regular Guys" host Larry Wachs admitted, after the faux protest took place on Monday in front of an on-the-market mansion,
The Buckhead Neighborhood Coalition is an organization put together by "the Regular Guys Show."
Harold White, the face of the fictitious protest, was actually "Regular Guys" co-host Tim Andrews. He did interviews with CNN, the BBC and a number of other news outlets. Wachs claimed, on-air, that the show had 33 international media outlets, including TMZ, generate 45,000 plus news stories."
In his interview with CNN, White (Andrews) claimed to be a long-time resident of the community and a retiree. He said:
We're concerned he'll bring the wrong type of element into a quiet, residential area. It is our position that a person with his means could certainly find a neighborhood more suited to his eclectic lifestyle.
Strangely, it appears many of the comments on the Facebook page were anti-Bieber -- until the hoax was revealed. They then turned into supportive posts for Bieber.
Examples of the pre-reveal posts are:
Dianne Spencer Cooper: Good for Buckhead community....JB is a cancer to our children....he needs to be deported.
Ron N Denise: Buckhead welcomes well established residents. They don't want a little thug that will be pulling stunts to keep his name in the news
After the page and "campaign" were revealed as a hoax, the tone changed. Examples:
Kathy Bobby Garrett: instead of trying to be a good influnce on this young man you Bully him??.
Sparkle Lee: Wait... you dont want Bieber in the neighborhood but these fat degenerates are ok? Im confused.
Bieber himself appeared suckered into the hoax. On Twitter, he wrote:
I guess I'm an easy target for some. I'm still human. I will continue to meet hate with love. It's all about the music. Much love.