Whether it was from a hangover or a haze, Los Angeles (and the world) woke up to the greenest and greatest holiday greeting of all: “Happy New Year from Hollyweed!”
A pot-loving prankster, who is still at large, transformed the O’s into E’s on the iconic hilltop sign overnight using peace-sign stamped tarps — obviously paying homage to the passage of marijuana-legalizing Proposition 64 and their practical-joking predecessor Danny Finegood.
As The Cannabist shared last year, “On Jan. 1, 1976, the same day California’s relaxed marijuana law took effect, the Cal State Northridge student had a plan to alter the sign by using $50 of curtains and a couple friends. And it worked, giving Hollywood a Hollyweed sign for a short time.”
The stunt was his project for an art class assignment, for which he earned an A.
“The vandal, dressed in all black, was recorded by security cameras and could face a misdemeanor trespassing charge, said Sgt. Robert Payan. The person scaled a protective fence surrounding the sign above Griffith Park and then clambered up each giant letter to drape the coverings, Payan said.”
We’ll update this story if our already-hero of the year is apprehended. Until then, below are a few of our favorite reactions because the Internet is still losing its mind over the incident (warranted):
“I thought it was kinda clever,” said Katie Couric on her first day back as a guest-host on NBC’s “Today”.
A photo posted by Doug Benson (@youdontknowdoug) on
What the hell? Some punks have already defaced the Hollyweed sign pic.twitter.com/4KNYpd6XhN
— Super Deluxe (@superdeluxe) January 1, 2017
— nataleigh (@natisnotlame) January 1, 2017
Wait no forget it, hollyweed is hilarious
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) January 1, 2017
I will only refer to Hollywood as hollyweed now
— rory killmore (@pawsitivelykat) January 1, 2017
— Andre Meadows (@BlackNerd) January 1, 2017
2017 so far: someone changed the “Hollywood” sign to “Hollyweed” pic.twitter.com/e5Oha6nlJQ
— banksy (@thereaIbanksy) January 2, 2017
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Published at Mon, 02 Jan 2017 19:45:17 +0000