The Hollywood sign in a time of troubles

Among recent editorial cartoons on sexual harassment cases are three that use the Hollywood sign as a symbol of things gone wrong in la-la land.

(#1) Jeff Koterba, Omaha World Herald

(#2) John Darkow, Columbia Daily Tribune

(#3) Tim Campbell, Washington Post Writers Group

Three different approaches: Koterba has the sign, in disarray, slipping down the mountain; Darkow makes an off-color play on words (HOLD MY WOOD ‘hold my hard-on, my erect penis’); Campbell turns the Y of the sign into an open zipper-fly. Koterba’s is subtler, Darkow’s and Campbell’s are direct assaults on Hollywood men — especially Harvey Weinstein —  imposing their dicks on women.

On the sign, from Wikipedia:

(#4) The sign in dry season

(#5) The sign in rainy season

The Hollywood Sign (formerly the Hollywoodland Sign) is an American cultural icon and landmark located in Los Angeles, California. It is situated on Mount Lee, in the Hollywood Hills area of the Santa Monica Mountains. The sign overlooks Hollywood, Los Angeles.

“HOLLYWOOD” is spelled out in 44-foot (13.4 m)-tall white capital letters and is 352 feet (107.3 m) long. The sign was originally created in 1923 as an advertisement for a local real estate development, but due to increasing recognition and symbolism, the sign was left up. The sign has been a frequent target of pranks and vandalism across the decades, but it has since undergone restoration, including the installation of a security system to deter vandalism. The sign is protected and promoted by The Trust For Public Land, a nonprofit organization, while its site and the surrounding land are part of Griffith Park.

… The sign makes frequent appearances in popular culture, particularly in establishing shots for films and television programs set in or around Hollywood. Signs of similar style, but spelling different words [HOLLYWEED, HOLLYWOED], are frequently seen as parodies.

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