Harvey Weinstein statue appears in Hollywood ahead of Oscars

Lula Sharp
March 2, 2018

The casting couch is the idea that women, and some men, are expected to perform sexual favors for those in a position of power in order to be cast in a role.

The 90 annual Academy Awards take place on Sunday, Mar. 4.

The casting couch statue, which surfaced today on the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and LaBrea Avenue, just a few blocks west of the Oscars Kodak Theater, depicts a golden Harvey Weinstein, wearing a partially-open robe and sitting on a golden chaise lounge.

A gold sculpture of Harvey Weinstein on his infamous casting couch holding an Oscar statue is on display in Hollywood on March 1, 2018.

The installation also sees the disgraced producer clutching a suggestively placed Oscar statue.

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Harvey Weinstein has returned to Hollywood through a new outdoor installation that is raising eyebrows around town. In speaking with The Hollywood Reporter about the likeness, Ginger claimed it was created as "a visual representation of the practices and methods that are used in Hollywood with these big powerful people".

Weinstein has been shunned from the Hollywood community since reports of sexual harassment and abuse emerged a year ago. "Hopefully now in the light of recent allegations, against many leading figures in Hollywood the industry will clean up its act".

The statue, which appears to invite onlookers onto the couch for a photo op, popped up on Hollywood and La Brea, near the Academy Awards venue, the Dolby Theatre. A collaboration between @plasticjesus & @morgothlot Harvey Weinstein became an icon in the entertainment industry.

The artists told THR the piece took two months to make. In November, Englanders a part of the Edenbridge Bonfire Society created a 36-foot tall Weinstein effigy.

Mr. Weinstein was forced to step down from the company he co-founded in October 2017 after an exposé by The New York Times detailed a slew of sexual misconduct claims against him spanning decades. The 65-year-old reportedly sought treatment at a facility in Arizona in the midst of the scandal, but he has profusely denied all allegations regarding his apparent behavior.

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