Hooray For Hollyweed! Pranksters Hit Iconic Sign Again
There was likely some squinting going on as L.A. residents glanced up at the iconic hillside Hollywood sign on New Year’s Day.
But it wasn’t (just) the hangover. The sign really did read ‘Hollyweed.’ Police were investigating Sunday after a prankster used giant tarps to turn 2 of the sign’s white Os into Es sometime overnight.
The black-clad vandal was recorded by security cameras and could face a misdemeanor trespassing charge, said LAPD Sgt. Robert Payan. The person scaled a protective fence surrounding the sign and clambered up each giant letter to drape the coverings, Payan said.
The prank may be a nod to California voters’ approval in November of Proposition 64, which legalized the recreational use of marijuana, beginning in 2018.
Hikers and tourists in the hills spent the morning snapping photos of themselves in front of the altered sign before park rangers began removing the tarps.
“It’s kind of cool being here at the moment,” Bruce Quinn told KABC-TV. “I thought we came to see the Hollywood sign, not the’ Hollyweed’ sign. But hey it’s OK with me!”
While attention-grabbing, the prank was not exactly original. 41 years ago to the day — 01JAN76 — a college student similarly altered the sign, using curtains to make it read “HOLLYWEED.”