Harvey Weinstein Casting Couch Statue Erected Near Oscar Venue


Surprisingly, even before glamours divas set to make their protest count, two artists - Los Angeles street artist known as Plastic Jesus and Joshua "Ginger" Monroe - collaborated to put up the golden statue. Clenched in Weinstein's right hand is an Oscar sculpture, intentionally placed near his groin.

Visitors stop to snap photos with the Weinstein statue, which has remained in place since its installation.

The disgraced movie mogul is featured wearing a robe, pajama trousers and slippers as he is seated on a gold couch on a black and red podium that read "Casting Couch". Plastic Jesus says it aims to spotlight the entertainment industry's sexual misconduct crisis and the disgraced studio mogul's role in it. Knowing what we now know about Harvey, in terms of his abuse of power, sexual harassment and rape, what does it feel like sitting next to him? It's clearly been going on.

"Whilst many thought the "casting couch" was a thing of the past it was clearly still a part of the Hollywood culture", the artist wrote. "There may be people there that are victims of Harvey that still haven't spoken out".

"We picked the Oscar time specifically because there is so much focus on the awards at this time of year. Hopefully now in the light of recent allegations against many leading figures in Hollywood the industry will clean up it's (sic) act".

Plastic Jesus said he and Monroe first considered a standing Weinstein statue but quickly made a decision to incorporate a chaise lounge. The producer, who denies all allegations of non-consensual sex, is now still in a rehab facility in Arizona, though he recently spoke out, apologizing to Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lawrence for using their names to dismiss a sexual misconduct class action suit.

Plastic Jesus - the artist who presented the Oscar-snorting statue and Kanye-West-As-Jesus creation - has unveiled his newest piece, which is appropriately revolving for a number of reasons.

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