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Statue depicting Kanye West as Jesus unveiled

Fri 24 Feb 2017
By Premier Journalist

A British artist has unveiled a statue that depicts rapper Kanye West in a Christ-like crucifixion pose in Hollywood. 

The artist - known as Plastic Jesus - said the sculpture is a comment on celebrities being treated as "god-like characters".

The artwork, called 'False Idol' was unveiled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, close to the venue of the Oscars.

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The artist said: "The inspiration for the piece is how we build celebrities up to god-like characters in a way which doesn't give them any room to be human once they reach that status.

"When Kanye West went into a medical facility last year, people were after a pound of flesh in the same way as with Britney Spears a few years ago.

"Kanye is a talented musician and producer. His career has transitioned to another level in terms of celebrity status.

"But he's certainly played into this role. He's referred to himself as a Jesus-like figure."

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Plastic Jesus hit the headlines last year when he built a wall around Mr Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, topped with razor wire, miniature US flags and Keep Out signs.

The sculpture of West will be shown at an exhibit in West Hollywood on Friday and Saturday.

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