Vandalised Hollywood sign briefly reads ‘HOLLYWeeD’

No, Los Angeles residents, it wasn’t your hangovers playing tricks on you. The Hollywood sign really did read “HOLLYWeeD” for a few hours on New Year’s Day. Police were investigating on Sunday after a prankster used giant tarps to turn the iconic sign’s two white Os into Es sometime overnight. The vandal, dressed in all black, was recorded by security cameras and could face a misdemeanor trespassing charge, said Sgt. Robert Payan.

I thought we came to see the Hollywood sign, not the’ Hollyweed’ sign. But hey it’s OK with me!

Sgt. Robert Payan

The person scaled a protective fence surrounding the sign above Griffith Park and then clambered up each giant letter to drape the coverings, Payan said. The prank may be a nod to California voters’ approval in November of Proposition 64, which legalised the recreational use of marijuana, beginning in 2018.