Controversial LA street artist Plastic Jesus installs artwork hitting at racist Hollywood

Atmosphere - The #Oscarssowhite hashtag has been trending on social since the nominations two weeks ago. Many Hollywood stars have spoken out against the lack of diversity in the 2016 awards ceremony. Stars including Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Danny Devito and Edris Elba have all confronted the Academy's mainly white members while some have even called for a complete boycott. Controversial Los Angeles based Street artist Plastic Jesus has again added to Tinseltown's controversy with a street art installation. Overnight the British born artist installed two wash basins on a street in Hollywood that replicate an iconic 1950s photograph showing the segregation between whites and non-whites in the USA. The street installation on the LA's trendy Melrose Avenue has two wash basins, one with a Hollywood style vanity unit and mirror with a bottle of champagne and 2 oscars invitation. Above it is a sign that reads "White" whilst alongside it sits a simple dirty freestanding basin under a sign that reads "colored" A replica of Elliot Erwitts famous 50's photograph. In a statement the artist said: "America prides itself on it's diverse population. But sadly much of the US is still very racist. Color still seems to be an issue in so many areas in the US. Law and order, employment, education, poverty, politics and movies. The visibility of Hollywood and the celebration of The Oscars should show how the USA has embraced diversity. Clearly it hasn't. I think the lack of non-white nominations has really just echoed something that we can see throughout American society." "Whether it's directors, producers, writers or financiers we need to see more non-white people at every level in the industry. And I don't mean making fringe movies to appeal to non-white audiences. I mean making movies for the mainstream." "A few months ago I was driving with my 8 year old Stepson, we passed a group of African American men standing on the corner he said " wow those g at Oscars - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 3rd February 2016 (10 Pictures)


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