The iconic Hollywood sign briefly read “Hollyboob” on Monday and six people were arrested for trespassing before park rangers quickly restored the sign.
Not much was known that time why the trespassers changed it to “Hollyboob”, but now we have an idea.
Instagram star, Julia Rose said she changed it to protest what she sees as censorship of racier content by Instagram. Her account with 6 million followers was removed last year by Instagram for breaking the company’s policy against nudity.
Rose is the founder of Shag Mag, a digital publication that features “exclusive and uncensored content of Julia Rose and other up and coming Instagram models” (yes, there are lots of boobs). You must be 18 or older to browse the site.
“We don’t allow nudity on Instagram, and we removed these accounts for repeatedly breaking those rules,” a Facebook company spokesperson said in a statement Tuesday.
In December 2020, Instagram also banned a Porn star with 2.2 million followers after ‘joking’ about sex with CEO. Read the story here
Rose said in an interview with The Los Angeles Times on Tuesday after she was released, that she first came up with the Hollyboob idea soon after her personal and business accounts were removed by Instagram last year.
She admitted that she was “pushing the boundaries of censorship” in her posts by featuring other half-naked influencers, but believed Instagram and its parent company Facebook, targeted influencers more aggressively than established brands like Playboy.
— Julia Rose (@JuliaRose_33) February 2, 2021
This was not the first time the Hollywood sign was changed by trespassers. On New Year’s Day 2017, an artist changed the sign to “HOLLYWeeD.”
“This was way uncool (not to mention the terrain is quite steep and dangerous),” Captain Steve Lurie, commanding officer of LAPD’s Hollywood area, tweeted Monday.
A representative for the trust said they were grateful for the fast response from the LAPD.
“It’s unfortunate that such an important icon for the city of L.A. is not being appreciated,” said Mark Panatier, the group’s chairman, who said trespassing to alter the sign was wrong no matter the purported cause.
“This is an icon that’s there for visual reinforcement of the importance of Hollywood, not just for the city of L.A. but to the world,” Panatier said. “It needs to be upheld; it doesn’t need to be demeaned.”
Hollywood, the iconic sign strategically located in Los Angeles, California, has appeared numerous times in movies. It was built in 1923 as a giant illuminated ad for an upscale real estate development called Hollywoodland and quickly became a tourist attraction and symbol of Hollywood glamour.
The W on the sign, the tallest letter on the current version, stands at 45 feet high by close to 40 inches wide. Little wonder it is visible from far.
Accessing the landmark atop Mt. Lee requires climbing steep terrain, but trespassers have always managed to find way to get around it.