Coke-Addicted ‘Oscar’ Shows Hollywood’s ‘Best-Kept Secret’

Feb 20, 2015 at 2:36 pm |
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Hollywood has a drug problem.

Plastic Jesus, the underground artist, isn’t afraid to call out A-listers for their abuse of class A drugs. His latest installment, a prostrate, gilded ‘Oscar’ about to snort two lines of cocaine through a rolled-up bill, is a chilling (and oddly beautiful) reminder of Hollywood’s best-kept secret, just days before the 87th Academy Awards.

Armed with the catchphrase “Stop making stupid people famous” and the creative ability to turn real-life issues into larger-than-life artistic representations, this is not the first time that the Banksy-esque street artist has tackled Hollywood’s rampant – although largely hidden – substance abuse problem with an Oscar theme. Last year, he released the following parody of the much-envied Academy Award: a figure of the trophy injecting itself with heroin.

These two examples of Plastic Jesus’ creative criticism are important calls for awareness. These trophies represent, after all, shining beacons of our culture and society for what many of them really are: golden and mighty idols of Hollywood turned slaves, literally bowing down to drugs. In his own words,

We only hear about drug addiction when a high-profile Hollywood celeb has a meltdown and goes in to rehab or dies. However there is a huge problem in Hollywood with drug use not just from the A listers but also others in the entertainment industry, producers, directors, make up artists, props guys, lighting guys and electricians. Sadly many of these people’s habits cause a negative influence and they are tossed aside when they can’t get the help they need.

His warning is sad but true. In the case of most celebrities, private battles with abuse or addiction come to light too late and their careers and lives are often ruined, or lost entirely. Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Bynes, Zac Efron– the list goes on and on and the reality of it becomes almost humorously predictable. But how do critics and media react to the highly-publicized meltdowns and trips to rehab? With humor, sensationalism, and taboo. It isn’t until somebody dies (Heath Ledger, Judy Garland, Cory Monteith, Marilyn Monroe, and countless others) that the situation is portrayed for what it really is: a tragedy. An illness. A fight. A disease that needs awareness and support, not because these are celebrities but because they are humans who merit the assistance of others.

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And while the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce may have been quick to get the statue taken off Hollywood Boulevard, the message still remains. Hollywood needs help, and it isn’t going to happen so long as society, from the highest execs to the lowliest interns, tacitly endorses the drug culture, whether by engaging in the illicit activities or worse– turning a blind eye.

Street artist Plastic Jesus reveals Hollywood’s biggest secret: drug addiction. See his beautiful warnings here…