Harvey Weinstein Casting Couch Statue Erected Near Oscar Venue

Harvey Weinstein Casting Couch Statue Erected Near Oscar Venue

Darren Sullivan
March 4, 2018

Harvey Weinstein's "Casting Couch", a new sculpture in Hollywood. 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.

Harvey Weinstein won't be going to Sunday's Oscar ceremony, but the film producer's presence will still be felt all across Hollywood.

It depicts a life-size Weinstein, clad in a bathrobe, sitting on a golden-colored couch and holding an Oscar statue. His power and influence was nearly without compare.

Plastic Jesus says it aims to spotlight the entertainment industry's sexual misconduct crisis and the disgraced studio mogul's role in it. "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".

Plastic Jesus is known for his work showcasing the underbelly of the entertainment industry, while Monroe made a name for himself creating naked Donald Trump statues.

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The statue is a collaboration between Los Angeles-based street artist Plastic Jesus and Las Vegas-based artist Joshua "Ginger" Monroe.

You might recall the embarrassing mistake made previous year at the Oscars by presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway: They announced the wrong victor for Best Picture.

For his 2018 installment, the artist was inspired by the last year's torrent of sexual assault, harassment and rape allegations against dozens of powerful men in Hollywood, including Oscars mainstay Harvey Weinstein.

A golden statue of Harvey Weinstein slightly manspreading on a couch took up temporary residence on Hollywood Boulevard Thursday just days before the Academy Awards on Sunday. Weinstein, who has sought treatment at an Arizona facility, has repeatedly denied any instance of nonconsensual sex, but the claims helped spark the #MeToo and Time's Up movements.