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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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adambaumbaumadam March 04 2014 at 5:19 PM

He should sell it a Christie's Auction house and make tiny replicas to sell on e-bay, then after a year report the sales and we will just see if it's Art or not.

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zzyxx March 04 2014 at 3:55 PM

good.

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larry March 04 2014 at 3:50 PM

Hollywood celebrities won't get the message. They are too absorbed in themselves and obsessed with self-importance. And did I mention, too absorbed in themselves and obsessed with self-importance ???

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NicktheMan March 04 2014 at 3:41 PM

What do you expect from Hollywood. It's the favorite pastime of the Hollywood elite. And this is news?

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manguscol March 04 2014 at 3:34 PM

What would you expect from an idiot that would call himself plastic Jesus.

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SANDY March 04 2014 at 3:29 PM

Seriously??? REALLY?????????????? I loved and respected his achievements, but hold him 100% responsible for his own death. This is a prime example of those that have, think they are somehow immune from suffering what those that don't suffer.

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f4180 March 04 2014 at 2:59 PM

sad , sick society .

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Sunshine March 04 2014 at 2:50 PM

Sadly, the use of drugs in Hollywood needs to be brought to our attention especially to our impressionable youth. I wonder how many of the attendees at the Oscars were high on drugs.

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larry Sunshine March 04 2014 at 3:55 PM

I agree the use of drugs in Hollywood needs to be brought to the attention to our impressionable youth. But, I don't think by legallizing recreational marijuana in Colorado and now in other states is a start. marijuana is a "gateway drug" and by encouraging its distribution by legalizing it for recreational use is the wrong approach.

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Bitter Twitter March 04 2014 at 2:44 PM

I'm grateful to be poor and ugly and not addicted to the prospect of fame.

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teeveequeen March 04 2014 at 3:47 PM

the TRUTH always hurts ...

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