Harvey Weinstein showed up on the red carpet a few days early, but also in a way we’ve never seen before.
The alleged creep donned a robe, some loafers, and even brought along a couch for full comfort. Did I mention he was covered in gold? The couch had space for two, leaving space for passersby to take a pic with the golden statue. The sculpture first appeared on Thursday in Hollywood, just in time for the 90th Academy Awards ceremony, which take place Sunday.
Golden Weinstein, which can be seen on Hollywood Boulevard and La Brea Avenue, came from the minds of street artists Plastic Jesus and Joshua “Ginger” Monroe. Plastic Jesus is known for his annual Oscar season art pieces. Monroe was the artist behind the naked Donald Trump statues we all love.
The art was made for people to sit by and take photos. Weinstein holds an Oscar statue in his right hand, which happens to be placed by his groin, by no mistake of course.
“For many years the exploitation of many hopefuls and established names in the industry was brushed under the carpet with their complaints of harassment and sexual abuse being ignored or worse,” Plastic Jesus tells The Hollywood Reporter. “Hopefully, now in the light of recent allegations against many leading figures in Hollywood the industry will clean up its act.”
Plastic Jesus, who doesn’t go by his birth name, came to America by way of London, where he was a photojournalist. He focuses on sociopolitical issues and doesn’t shy from exploring diplomacy through his art. He made last year’s Kanye West crucifixion sculpture, which Monroe also worked on. Ginger works out of Las Vegas, and his Trump statues hit many cities in 2016.
It took a full two months for the Weinstein sculpture to be completed.
“The whole couch and the entire image it gives off was to me a visual representation of the practices and methods that are used in Hollywood with these big powerful people,” Ginger says. “They have money and power to give jobs and they use that for their own sexual gratification and there’s no better way to visualize this than the way we did with the casting couch.”
They felt great curating something people could share on Instagram. “Everyone wants a selfie, everyone wants to be part of the experience,” Ginger said.
“To be able to knock the monster down a peg and poke fun and ridicule it helps remove its power. That’s how you take these powerful people down. As Mark Twain once said, ‘Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand.'”