Prankster Changed The Hollywood Sign To “Hollyweed” To Celebrate The Decriminalization Of Marijuana, Again!
Back in the day of January 1st 1976, Danny Finegood and friends climbed to the top of Mount Lee and used stones, rope and sheets to change the Hollywood sign into reading “Hollyweed”. This was done to celebrate that a new marijuana law had been implemented by the state of California. It changed the charge of possession of marijuana from a felony to a misdemeanor. The changing of the sign made front pages around the world.
Finegood died of multiple myeloma in January 2007 at age 52, and the L.A. Times obituary celebrated him as an artist, a prankster and a husband.
“For a long time, he had this idea that if you just changed the two O’s you could change the whole meaning of the sign,” his wife Bonnie Finegood told the Times in 2007.
On January 1st 2017 history repeats itself. Los Angeles residents awoke on New Year’s Day to find a prankster had altered the famed Hollywood sign to read “Hollyweed”. A police spokesman said a prankster used giant tarps to turn the iconic sign’s two white Os into Es, sometime overnight.
The vandal, dressed in all black, was recorded by security cameras and could face a misdemeanor trespassing charge, said Sergeant Robert Payan.
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.
One person said: “It’s kind of cool being here at the moment. I thought we came to see the Hollywood sign, not the’ Hollyweed’ sign. But hey it’s OK with me!”