The Hollywood sign is one of the most iconic landmarks in the world but that didn’t stop six people from defacing it to read it as something much ruder.
On Monday, six individuals managed to successfully change the sign to read not Hollywood but, get this…“HOLLYBOOB”. Yes, this is something that actually happened.
The culprit, an Instagram travel influencer, Julia Rose, along with her friends reached the famous hill in California with two tarps, one for hanging over the Hollywood ‘W’ sign and the smaller one for changing the ‘D’ into a ‘B’.
The gang then performed some adventurous stunts by wheeling the tarp over the Hollywood sign with the help of a double stroller. Two of them even pretended to be husband and wife and together jumped a fence and climbed down the hill. They managed to change the letters and waited there for about 20 minutes. Later, they hiked down to Mulholland Highway, where policemen were already waiting for them.
The group of pranksters was spotted by the group LAPD surveillance team on video. Soon after, a police helicopter flew over and noticed the group hiking down from the Hollywood sign after accomplishing their mission. All of them were arrested for misdemeanor and trespassing but released later that night.
LAPD Capt. Steve Lurie said:
“There’s no vandalism, because the sign wasn’t damaged.” After being arrested, Rose told the local media that it was all her idea. She said, “All of it combined together has been really, really great.”
Rose, says she changed the sign to protest what she sees as censorship of racier content by Instagram. Police arrested Rose and five others for trespassing, and park rangers quickly restored the iconic sign to its usual status.
“This was way uncool (not to mention the terrain is quite steep and dangerous),”Captain Steve Lurie, commanding officer of LAPD’s Hollywood area, tweeted Monday.
Well, this is not the first time Rose has been caught in such a weird act. In 2019, she flashed her breasts at the baseball World Series and received a lifetime ban from Major League Baseball. Before this, she was banned from Instagram for nudity and has performed numerous stunts in the name of promoting breast cancer awareness.
Also, it is not the first time that somebody tried fiddling with the Hollywood sign. In 2017, the Hollywood sign briefly read Hollyweed after someone played with the letters in the night but it was soon rectified.