A new mural in Los Angeles is causing outrage on social media.
The mural, which is located on Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood, is flanked by security and a sign, saying 'Private mural - for verified influencers and people with more than 20,000 followers only'
There’s a new security-guarded mural in LA that only allows influencers and verifieds to take pics in front of it. pic.twitter.com/PDlLJ9C0DI— justin caffier (@JustinCaffier) June 25, 2018
"We apologize for the inconvenience. See security staff for proof and access"
"Influencers: please tag us on social media!"
Today we are so excited to debut the beautiful mural we curated in the heart of the LA art scene. Come down and check it out. Unfortunately the mural is currently for verified influencers and people with over 20k followers only. However it may be public soon. Stay tuned! pic.twitter.com/CRIzqaAhX8— Like and Subscribe (@likeandsub) June 25, 2018
Not, ahem, the best or most original work of LA's prolific artists, the mural features a set of wings encased within a heart, emblazoned with the words "City of Angels" - in quotation marks - with the words "love" and "art" at its base. Pass me a bucket, please.
The casual passer-by can't actually see the mural as the whole thing is cloaked with a white sheet. You may only pass behind the sheet if security see your influencer credentials pass the test.
Vice journo Justin Caffier (verified, followers 5256) has exposed the "art" on Twitter which has been retweeted around 3000 times.
Several followers have called out the idea:
ITS NOT EVEN A GOOD MURAL— Rachel Mayes (@RachDickMay) June 25, 2018
LA af— Debora Lima (@dlimatweets) June 25, 2018
or more succinctly:
I hate everyone— Ashley (@ashholler) June 25, 2018
And this mastertweet:
Is there a firing squad in front of it?— Paul Ashcroft (@mrpaulashcroft) June 25, 2018
Others have donned their sleuth caps to reveal it looks suspiciously like a trailer for a TV show or a marketing campaign. . Some say it's a publicity stunt by EDM Dillon Francis for Like And Subscribe, a new comedy about a YouTuber's attempts to become famous. Either way, we'll find out on July 9, unless we've completely forgotten it ever happened.
It's a publicity stunt/ad.— KattyAnne (@katmc68) June 25, 2018
But, dang. Looks like they need the exposure. pic.twitter.com/2LxCVVH6Dc
In the meantime, you can join the outrage in the Twitterverse. The mural can be found at 7753 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood - if you can get there faster than the vandals discover it.