— Plastic Jesus (@plasticjesusart) February 20, 2015
The Oscars are this weekend if you care about that kind of shit. Millions of people care about that shit. Especially in Hollywood, where it’s more important than the Super Bowl and other events like the Super Bowl that don’t spring to mind.
Street artist Plastic Jesus placed a life-size Oscar statuette on Hollywood Boulevard at La Brea Avenue on Thursday morning, at the edge of where the street will be closed ahead of Sunday’s awards.
In addition to being big, this Oscar is far from the reserved gentleman movie buffs might expect: He’s on all fours and snorting two lines of cocaine.
That should go over well. Hollywood always loves a good laugh at their expense.
This isn’t Plastic Jesus’s first time pissing off Hollywood royalty — he pulled a similar stunt last year when he erected an Oscar statue with a heroin needle in his arm.
So is Plastic Jesus just trying to be a dick? Sort of, but his statues all have a deeper meaning, according to a photographer who works closely with the artist.
“The piece is intended to draw attention to Hollywood’s hidden problem of drug addiction that effects hundreds of people in the showbiz industry and is largely ignored until the death of a high profile A list celebrity,” Stern said in a statement on Plastic Jesus’ behalf to LAist.
Hidden problem? I’ve never rubbed elbows with Hollywood types but I imagine it would give me a contact high.
[H/T: Hollywood Reporter]