The Oscars are on Sunday. So what time could be more perfect than now to put up an Oscars statue with a heroin needle in its arm?
The piece was designed by Los Angeles-based street artist Plastic Jesus. It’s eight feet tall and was installed at the corner of Hollywood Blvd. and La Brea Ave., which is about a block from the Kodak Theater, the venue where the Oscars are held.
The title at the foot of the statue reads “Hollywood’s Best Kept Secret.” Obviously, the piece is a commentary on actor Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death from a heroin overdose in February.
Surely, plenty of actors are going to get weepy about Hoffman on Sunday, but how many of them actually tried to help the guy? Probably not many, if any at all.
Anyway, the statue was put up and then quickly removed. Apparently, the Academy didn’t think too much of it.
— THE L.A. SCENE (@TheLAScene) February 28, 2014
We will not have valid social commentary marring our self-important celebration!