Sure, 2016 might have been a rough year, but at least someone still has a sense of humor. On January 1st, residents in Los Angeles entered the new year under the shadow of a marijuana-infused joke.
“HOLLYWOOD” was converted to “HOLLYWeeD” using large tarps.
The iconic Hollywood sign resting above the valley in the Santa Monica hills is 45 feet tall, and can be seen from miles away. While the prank is relatively harmless, authorities were quick to respond, restoring the original lettering before 11am on New Year’s Day.
HOLLYWeeD has appeared more than once throughout the sign’s history. On January 1st, 1976, Danny Finegood (spelled Dany by some sources) altered the sign to support California’s implementation for a cannabis decriminalization law. The 2017 alteration over four decades later coincides with California’s recent legalization of cannabis for recreational use by adults over the age of 21.
As hundreds of images flooded social media on Sunday, a few detractors suggested the images were digitally altered, although a review of the images and corroboration from local news sources immediately squashed that fear.
A representative of Los Angeles Police Department’s Security Services confirmed that the prank took place at roughly midnight, with activity captured by city surveillance cameras. The surveillance footage has not resulted in any suspects, as identifying characteristics are difficult to ascertain from the dark footage. If someone were to eventually be arrested, they would be facing misdemeanor trespassing charges.
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