It’s not easy to reach the Hollywood sign. You have to navigate steep terrain, climb fences, walk along slippery slopes, and then pray that cameras don’t record your moves and alert authorities. Which makes what six people got away with in Hollywood Monday even more impressive.
They got to the iconic sign, and hung a huge tarp with the letter “B” over the letter “W,” and then had the creative genius to put a white dash to turn the “D” into another “B.” Guess what that spells? You got it, HOLLYBOOB!
These villains moved quickly, because they were spotted by LAPD security personnel on video surveillance at 1:15 p.m. The police sent a helicopter to the spot the five men and one woman were, and they authorities in the chopper were able to watch as the group moved down the hill onto Mulholland Highway. That’s where they were greeted by park rangers and police officers. And handcuffs.
The dirty half-dozen were charged with misdemeanor trespassing and released. LAPD Capt. Steve Lurie said “there’s no vandalism, because the sign wasn’t damaged.”
The Hollywood sign is not accessible, and you have to be very creative and ambitious to get to it. The area is painted privately by a group called the “Hollywood Sign Trust.” They told the LA Times they appreciate the police moving so quickly on these jokesters. “It’s unfortunate that such an important icon for the city of L.A. is not being appreciated.This is an icon that’s there for visual reinforcement of the importance of Hollywood, not just for the city of L.A. but to the world. It needs to be upheld; it doesn’t need to be demeaned.”
Good point, sir. But it was a pretty good prank, and no doubt for a great cause.