Harvey Weinstein 'Casting Couch' statue debuts on Hollywood Boulevard pre-Oscars

Jenna Warner
March 4, 2018

"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 20's and 30's and 40's in Hollywood, but clearly until recently, and even now, it is still alive and well".

The statue is the product of LA street artist Plastic Jesus, in collaboration with Joshua "Ginger" Monroe, the former of whom was previously responsible for similar Oscars-disrupting statues like the Crucifixion of Kanye West statue from previous year, as well as an installation that depicted an Oscars statuette snorting cocaine.

Plastic Jesus, meanwhile, is known for creating buzz worthy pieces that feature some of Hollywood's most talked about figures, like a statue depicting the crucifixion of Kanye West, and a larger-than-life installation that featured the Oscar statue snorting lines of cocaine.

The newspaper's work prompted women in the entertainment industry and in media to come forward with their own personal stories.

The golden statue shows the disgraced producer sitting on a coach wearing a slightly opened bathrobe with an Oscar in his right hand. "His power and influence was nearly without compare", he wrote.

Just in time for the Academy Awards, an unsubtle reminder of the sexual violence allegedly perpetrated by Oscar-winning film producer Harvey Weinstein has appeared on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. "Hopefully now, in the light of recent allegations against many leading figures in Hollywood, the industry will clean up its sick act", he said. Underneath the installation is a sign reading, "Casting Couch".

"Casting Couch" Oscars 2018. He has denied allegations of non-consensual sexual contact.

The artist - whose real name is unknown - said it took two months to make the statue, and it was paid for by donations.

A golden statue of a bathrobe-clad Harvey Weinstein took up temporary sidewalk residence close to the site of Sunday's Academy Awards.

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