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Statue Of Oscar Shooting Heroin Spurs Controversy

Statue Of Oscar Shooting Heroin Spurs Controversy
Shocking, yet thought provoking ... a statue of the famous golden Academy Awards icon shooting heroin into its arm is creating some controversy.

The artist Plastic Jesus calls the 8-foot statue "Hollywood's Best Kept Secret," inspired, in part, by the death of actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman earlier this year. (Via Instagram / plasticjesus)

It was installed on LA's Hollywood Boulevard Friday just days before the Oscars. Also that day - an autopsy revealed Hoffman's official cause of death. (Via E!)

The Oscar-winning actor was found dead February 2. Friday, the medical examiner confirmed Hoffman died of a mixed drug intoxication, which included heroin. (Via KABC)

The artist says the idea behind the statue was to raise awareness about heroin use in hopes of removing the stigma around drug use so people can get help.

The British-born artist told The Wrap his cousin and his cousin's partner died of heroin overdoses.

"In Hollywood people almost proudly boast that they're a member of Alcoholics Anonymous ... However, with hard drug use, there's still so much of a stigma attached. It's swept under the carpet and people don't get the support that should be available to them."

No official word yet from The Academy. However, Plastic Jesus did have to move the statue.

He tweeted, "I had a guy there, said someone who looked like they were from the academy tried to remove it. Its back safe in the studio." (Via Twitter / PlasticJesusart)

Now the statue resides on Melrose Avenue. Some, though, are totally against the statue no matter the location.

Like VH1 Host Naughty But Nice Rob, who called the piece tasteless on Twitter. (Via Twitter / NaughtyNiceRob)

Others are all for it. Another user tweeted, "Powerful. Disturbing. Smart. Genius." (Via Twitter / LucaHarb)

Either way, it's got people thinking, which Plastic Jesus told Complex was his intention all along.

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teeveequeen March 04 2014 at 3:47 PM

the TRUTH always hurts ...

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Vito March 04 2014 at 4:06 PM

In Hollywood I have to say GOOD CASTING

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jjemder March 04 2014 at 4:18 PM

A very sad commentary on modern life. Pull your children close and pay attention to what they hear and see. Enough tragedy.

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kathyo777 March 04 2014 at 2:12 PM

Too many people from all walks of life have died from heroin use, it's truly evil.

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rdh32khll March 04 2014 at 1:22 PM

Instead of having a needle in the arm of the statue, it should have had a straw in its nose.

More of them do cocaine than herion.

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jjemder March 04 2014 at 4:32 PM

The talent that has been lost over the years to drugs and alcohol. Astounding. All those wonderful people. Please. Talk to your children about this scourge. It's not about morals, it's a safety issue. These things are not good. I'm glad someone had the balls to put this out there. No one is perfect, no one is immune, but for God's sake the loss of talent, the loss of art and enjoyment in the world. Enough is enough.

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jww501217 March 04 2014 at 1:15 PM

I think that the statue is very appropriate for the likes of Hollywood. How many of them are addicted to drugs and have dies from drugs? No reason to glorify them with accolades for being weak people with no guts. I like it!

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Welcome Don March 04 2014 at 1:10 PM

Very insightful !

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bullmesht March 04 2014 at 4:41 PM

The support they deserve? They knew what they doing.

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gonro2 March 04 2014 at 1:01 PM

THIS disturbs Hollywood????? But they are fine with the Madonna being made out ofelephant dung.....how feeble -minded

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jww501217 gonro2 March 04 2014 at 1:17 PM

That is close to the truth about her!

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