June 22, 2018

Gold Weinstein statue erected in Hollywood

03 March 2018, 12:10 | Simon Arnold

Ethan Miller via Getty Images

Ethan Miller via Getty Images

It was placed on Hollywood Boulevard on Thursday, four days before the Oscars.

"Harvey Weinstein became an icon in the entertainment industry. I chose the piece "Casting Couch" to do this year because I think a lot of people thought the casting couch was a thing of the past, of the '20s and '30s and '40s in Hollywood but clearly until recently, and even now, it is still alive and well", said Plastic Jesus, formerly a London-based photographer.

The golden statue, called "Casting Couch", features a man that looks an bad lot like Weinstein wearing a bathrobe.

Monroe told The Hollywood Reporter that the Weinstein statue's couch suggests a "visual representation of the practices and methods that are used in Hollywood with these big powerful people".

Amid rumors that the #MeToo movement is losing steam, the artists erected an explicit statue of disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein, painted gold, holding an Oscar, and sitting on a casting couch.

"We picked the Oscar time specifically because there is so much focus on the awards at this time of year. Hopefully now in the light of recent allegations, against many leading figures in Hollywood the industry will clean up its act".

On his Facebook page, Plastic Jesus said it took two months to complete the statue, with a little help from a friend who had a similar build to Weinstein.

Mr. Weinstein was forced to step down from the company he co-founded in October 2017 after an exposé by The New York Times detailed a slew of sexual misconduct claims against him spanning decades.

Other than that time he was slapped in public (iconic), Harvey Weinstein, whose survivor count is at over 90 women, has been lying low at a "sex addiction" retreat in Arizona - a rehab facility that is also reportedly housing fellow abuser Kevin Spacey.

Plastic Jesus has created a series of Oscar-timed statues, including one past year of Kanye West in a crucified pose and titled "False Idol".

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