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. It was created by Los Angeles street artist Plastic Jesus and features Weinstein sitting on the couch in a satin dressing gown, pyjama pants, and slippers, clutching an Oscar.
The Harvey Weinstein statue arrives with with news that The Weinstein Company, which earlier in the week faced bankruptcy, has been bought by a majority-female investment group that also includes the billionaire Ron Burkle.
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As Hollywood prepares for the Academy Awards aka Oscars 2018, a massive golden couch has created huge buzz online. "Hopefully now in the light of recent allegations, against many leading figures in Hollywood the industry will clean up its act". "His power and influence was nearly without compare", he wrote.
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". Weinstein has denied having non-consensual sex with anyone.
He was sacked from the company that bears his name, banned from the Producer's Guild of America and expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
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Plastic Jesus, whose real name is unknown, told The Hollywood Reporter that the Weinstein piece, which took two months to make, was meant to be interactive and allow passersby to sit next to Weinstein. It was paid for by donations through their websites.
Los Angeles street artist Plastic Jesus sits on his on the art installation on the sidewalk near the Oscars venue.
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