“No Kardashian Parking” signs are cropping up throughout Los Angeles. Street artist Plastic Jesus, who is known as “The Banksy of LA,” reportedly erected the signs in protest of our nation’s obsession with celebrity culture.
As discussed by Hollywood Reporter, Plastic Jesus placed a total of seven “No Kardashian Parking” signs on Melrose Avenue and Robertson Boulevard.
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) April 8, 2015
In recent weeks, the infamous street artist became stuck in a massive traffic jam along Melrose Avenue. He was specifically disturbed as the jam was caused by “a swarm of paparazzi.”
The photographers were apparently following a member of the Kardashian family while she shopped for clothing. Plastic Jesus said he is stunned that celebrities, including the Kardashians, have become such an important part of our culture.
“The Kardashian family has become ingrained in our culture… We’ve allowed mainstream media to become so profit-driven, we are sacrificing genuine news stories to satiate our vapid celebrity obsessions… I guarantee that same number of paparazzi was far greater than any number of photographers chasing real news.”
The Kardashian family was made famous with the debut of E! network’s Keeping Up With the Kardashians. The reality series, which premiered in 2007, focuses on the children and step-children of former Olympian Bruce Jenner and his wife, Kris. The original series, which is currently in its tenth season, has inspired several spin-offs including Kourtney and Khloé Take Miami, Kourtney and Kim Take New York, and Kourtney & Khloe Take the Hamptons. Although the Jenners and Kardashians have faced stark criticism, they remain one of the most famous celebrity families in the United States.
Plastic Jesus’ “No Kardashian Parking” signs may seem like further criticism of the infamous family. However, the street artist said his work is “also meant to criticize us as consumers.” He explains that “without us, there would be no market for the Kardashians.”
Although a Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson confirmed Plastic Jesus’ “No Kardashian Parking” signs violate the city’s vandalism laws, they have no received any formal complaints.
It is unclear how long the “No Kardashian Parking” signs will remain on the streets of Los Angeles. However, Plastic Jesus clearly made a strong statement against our nation’s obsession with celebrity culture.