Recently, some have taken to Twitter asking for proof of rumours that someone has put “Black Lives Matter” on the Hollywood sign.

Political unrest in America is dominating the news at the moment.

In the wake of George Floyd’s tragic death, many have decided to sign petitions, make donations and join in protests against racism and police brutality.

The support shown for the Black Lives Matter movement in the last few weeks has been immense, arguably with more emphasis on equality and justice than any other time in recent memory.

Protest and action have spanned the globe. However, many have felt divided over a number of TV shows and films being pulled for controversial content, from Little Britain to Gone With the Wind.

Since then, rumours have been rife. Let’s debunk one of the most bizarre to surface so far…

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Black Lives Matter: Hollywood sign rumours explained

There have been rumours that the Hollywood sign has either been changed to “Black Lives Matter” or that someone has vandalised it by writing the slogan on it.

One recently posted on Twitter: “Just saw a bunch of LA-based actor peers argue over whether they actually removed the Hollywood sign and changed it to say ‘Black Lives Matter’ when you can literally look out the window anywhere in the city to see it so brb gonna go scream into a closet.”

Another wrote: “Someone in Cali put ‘Black Lives Matter’ on the Hollywood sign”, while one also came in to argue: “Somebody show me proof they changed the Hollywood sign to Black Lives Matter.”

Over on Twitter, there is a phone case being advertised by Meme Print Shop [see here] which shows the iconic sign reading “Black Lives Matter” rather than “Hollywood”. There’s a very small chance that the image has sparked the rumours.

However, they more than likely spawned from this…

Black Lives Matter sign on Hollywood Boulevard

As highlighted by Daily Bulletin, some recently painted “Black Lives Matter” in giant yellow font on the floor of Hollywood Boulevard.

The image has since gone viral, with many voicing their thoughts that it’s set to become a tourist attraction in the vein of the Hollywood sign.

Due to the association of Hollywood (street name), the previously addressed rumours seem to stem from confusion over location.

The earlier source includes that the painting was organised with the help of a marketing agency called Trailer Park.

One of the company’s proofreaders – Nancy Lee – commented:

“It’s the least I can do. It’s so upsetting to see how much black people have had to endure… I hope something happens this time to change people.”

So, there you have it.

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