The man behind the new year prank which saw the iconic HOLLYWOOD sign read HOLLYWeeD has been arrested by the Los Angeles police.
Zachary Cole Fernandez, was arrested on Monday, a week after the iconic “HOLLYWOOD” sign was adjusted to read “HOLLYWeeD” with the help of some white tarps.
A police statement revealed that the 30-year-old man willingly turned himself in with his attorney and was booked on suspicion of misdemeanor trespassing. Fernandez, who is an artist, had already owned up to committing the stunt credit for the stunt in a Vice magazine interview and on his Instagram. However, police had not confirmed his involvement.
Fernandez, who is an artist, had already owned up to committing the stunt credit for the stunt in a Vice magazine interview and on his Instagram. However, police had not confirmed his involvement.
Subsequently, Fernandez will be released on his own recognisance and must return to court 15 February, police said.
Fernandez said he only intended to make people laugh.
“It was something to smile and laugh out loud about,” he told BuzzFeed News. “Just lift their spirits and let them live because 2016 was a crazy year, dude.”
Speaking to Vice, Fernandez said he had heard someone pulled the same prank in the 70s, and he thought it will be hilarious to repeat it to “bring positivity into the world.”
Danny Finegood, who changed the sign in 1976 to read ‘HOLLYWeeD’ did it as part of a school art project. And according to Fernandez, Finegood received an A for the work.
To honor the original prankster, who died 10 years ago, Fernandez wrote “a tribute to Mr. Finegood”.
Apparently, Fernandez is ready to take in the consequences of his prank. When asked by if he was bothered about the potential legal action, Fernandez replied, “Sometimes in order to create that conversation, you have to be OK with the consequences. I’m very proactive about marijuana … I’m not about ‘vandalizing’ things.”
We admit the prank made the world laugh.