Bomb-sniffing robots and cocaine-snorting Oscar statues have taken over the streets of Hollywood

Plastic Jesus

Now that the Academy Awards are just two days away, it's like a spooky full moon has risen over Los Angeles, turning casting assistants into werewolves and turning werewolves into $167,000 swag bags. Things are getting weird.

The party started early for the life-size Oscar statue that appeared at Hollywood and La Brea yesterday morning, crouched on all fours and snorting cocaine.


This is the work of street artist Plastic Jesus, who installed an eight-foot-tall Oscar statue injecting heroin at the same intersection this time last year. According Plastic Jesus collaborator Nick Stern, this piece is intended as a commentary on "Hollywood’s hidden problem of drug addiction."


Later that same day, Fusion's own Elisa Rodríguez-Vila witnessed this scene at Highland and Yucca — just around the block from the allegedly super-cockroach-infested Dolby Theater, where the Academy Awards ceremony will be held on Sunday night.

Credit: Elisa Rodríguez-Vila

A bomb threat led investigators to a strip mall parking lot, where an oddly endearing robot was dispatched to investigate a suspicious car. Fortunately, no explosives were found.

Good on you, tiny little robot. May all your dreams of big-screen stardom come true.


Molly Fitzpatrick is senior editor of Fusion's Pop & Culture section. Her interests include movies about movies, TV shows about TV shows, and movies about TV shows, but not so much TV shows about movies.

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