"No Kardashian Parking" Signs Crop Up In Hollywood
Artist Plastic Jesus tells THR the signs are intended as a comment on America's pandemic obsession with celebrity.
Hollywood residents have yet another parking regulation to worry about thanks to a local street artist, who bolted several signs around the area that read "No Kardashian Parking Any Time."
The artist Plastic Jesus tells The Hollywood Reporter he posted seven signs in total, including a few on Melrose Avenue and another on Robertson Boulevard near the famous Ivy restaurant.
Plastic Jesus, whose most recent stunt entailed placing a cocaine-snorting Oscar on Hollywood Boulevard, says the inspiration struck a few weeks ago. He was driving along Melrose Avenue when traffic came to a standstill. A swarm of paparazzi had descended on some storefront as one of the Kardashian sisters walked out, and he couldn't help but wonder, "How has this become a news event?"
"The Kardashian family has become ingrained in our culture," the artist tells THR. "We've allowed mainstream media to become so profit-driven, we are sacrificing genuine news stories to satiate our vapid celebrity obsessions."
"I guarantee that same number of paparazzi was far greater than any number of photographers chasing real news."
Plastic Jesus, the same artist who created the "Stop Making Stupid People Famous" campaign, believes the problem lies primarily with consumers who are financing a cultural decline.
"Stop Making Stupid People Famous' often gets blogged as a criticism of the Kardashians," Plastic Jesus says. "But that piece is also meant to criticize us as consumers. Without us, there would be no market for the Kardashians. We are equally, if not more so, to blame."
"The same people who will tag these parking signs on social media are the same people who will buy In Touch at the supermarket later this week."
Plastic Jesus said the problem is too complex to solve in one step, but suggested the media could enact serious progress by prioritizing the greater good above short-term profits. "Outlets like the BBC and NPR are way down compared to tabloid magazines," Plastic Jesus tells THR.
A spokesperson for the LAPD said no complaints have yet been filed about the signs, but insisted it's a pretty clear case of vandalism, regardless of the artistic intent.