Vandals out to send a message have changed the famous Hollywood sign to read all sorts of things. Someone changed it to read Hollyweed last night. It’s happened before.
Excerpt from Vanity Fair
What the people spreading the image across social media may not know is that this isn’t “Hollyweed”’s first rodeo. On New Year’s Day in 1976, Hollywood resident Daniel N. Finegood similarly altered the sign to celebrate the first year marijuana had been decriminalized in the state of California.
Altering the Hollywood sign has long held a kind of irresistible pull: it’s big; it can be seen by thousands of people; it’s right there. According to Variety, the sign has been changed to read everything from “Save the Peak” to “Go UCLA” in the past. In Finegood’s day, he and his buddies were also responsible for changing it to “Ollywood,” in honor of Oliver North and the Iran Contra hearings, as well as “Holywood” for the Pope’s visit in 1987. That alteration, at least, was officially approved.
Finegood could be credited with beginning this tradition. According to the Los Angeles Times, the first “Hollyweed” was created as a class project while he was an art major at Cal State Northridge: he made a scale model, enlisted friends to help him out, and tipped off the media so that images of his handiwork were seen around the world. He also got an A.
Leave it to a Jew to get free advertising for his cause. Finegood could have purchased a billboard with his pro-weed message, but no.
This stoner probably did it. He’s getting a big kick out of the changed sign.