Ke$ha did not vandalize the Hollywood Sign, officials confirm. Come on.

“HwOOD $IgN I$ oFFiciaLLY My bIZnatCH!!!!! Good work2allmyHoTCULpritss!! LOOK AT THE SIGN LA!” wayward drunk-pop star Ke$ha twittered at 3:20 a.m. today, and soon, the above video emerged, purportedly showing the former Ms. Sebert and her girlfriends draping a bedsheet over the Hollywood Sign and relabeling it “Ke$hawood.”

Did this really happen? Um… no.

Before I committed any journalism, I checked in with my good friend Common Sense. It’s been pouring rain here in L.A. all day, so I knew the “early morning” footage of the group stumbling out of their limo to check out their handiwork wasn’t shot anytime in the last 12 hours. Also, my more sober friends and I have tried to get as close as possible to the sign in the past, and we were stopped hundreds of yards away when a security camera started talking to us. (“Hey, you. Yeah, you in the red shirt. I can see you. You want to get arrested?”) The sign is monitored 24 hours a day — I doubt a bunch of lit-up freaks in rabbit masks could get much closer. And as anyone with even a rudimentary understanding of scale could probably figure out, it would be very, VERY hard for anyone sans ladders/cranes to cover something 45 feet tall with bedsheets.

But just in case, I called Betsy Isroelit at the Hollywood Sign Trust, and asked her to confirm that no vandalism had taken place. She got in touch with the sign’s dedicated park rangers, sent an officer over to quadruple check, and called me back to say that the Ke$ha video was, as far as anyone knew, a computer-generated hoax. Her friends in the city’s General Services office even analyzed the tape, and came up with a couple fun debunking facts:

“First of all, when they run off — that’s a 40 foot drop there,” says Isroelit. “There’s no way they could be running off in heels. it’s very dangerous up there. Secondly, the sign is made of corrugated steel. It has ridges. And you can see what they pretend to be the sign is a completely flat surface.”

But “whether it’s a prank or not, it’s not a cool thing to do,” Isroelit continues, “because it encourages others. The sign is a global treasure, and we hope if people ever see anything, they’ll let us know.”

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  • Sher

    Kesha is an idiot.

    • Sacha

      She’s a nice girl but she comes across so stupid.

  • skiiboski

    Yeah, but somebody vandalized her face.

    • Sagan

      She looks like a platypus.

  • Katie

    She’s such a wanna be. I’m tired of her already. All her claims of all the crazy things that she’s done. If she sang worth a damn, she wouldn’t need to act so stupid for attention.

    I digress. She has a good voice…she just doesn’t have good lyrics.

    • Lisa

      Good voice? No. She’s an auto-tuned creation who when forced to perform live kinda half raps/sings to a very loud backing track, or more often, lip synchs.

      • Brandon

        Never in her life has she lip synced, actually. Get your facts straight. And what pop artist, or any artist for that matter, doesn’t use auto-tune? EVERYONE uses auto-tune. And she has released a couple of songs that had no auto-tune on them, one being her tribute to Bob Dylan.

  • Kat

    Lol. ‘I can see you. You want to get arrested?’ I’m amused that you took the time to confirm, you must have been so annoyed.

  • MultiPass

    A global treasure? Oh good fookin lord that is the lamest thing I have read all week.

    • CDT

      It may be lame, but it’s definitely one of the most photographed landmarks in the world. Can we call it popular?

    • Christophe

      “Remind you of anything?” The “reality based” popele, right.I’m reminded that these credulous Sparkle Ponies are one step away from being Cargo Cultists. It’s no wonder they vote Democrat.They’re going to go completely bonkers as December 2012 nears and the doom foretold by the ancient Mayan/Hopi/New Age Elders unfolds.

  • MikerMan

    It bothers me she wears a Metallica shirt as part of her style and yet makes such disposable bubble gum pop. Please stop, you no talent hack. Please go away.

    • dontjoinmarchingband

      I know!!! I love all the old Metallica CDs and find pop really annoying. I was shocked when she was wearing a Metallica shirt in the stupid “Blah, Blah, Blah” music video.

    • Ankit

      we can not deny that junk food can be delicious and catch our attoetinn specially when we go out with some relatives or friends. But the junk food can be harmful for our welfare or health, resulting in a obesity or even affecting our sexual development. So the relation ships are affected too. We need to change eating habits,start exercising frequently and if you have erectil dysfunctions the better alternative could be . But the most important thing is take care our health.

  • Don

    Instead of her spending her time on this bs, she should take some singing lessons.

    • Julius

      Right on.

    • Brandon

      instead of spending your time trolling, get a life? I’m fairly sure she can sing much better than you can.

  • brandy

    what a mess.

  • Chappel

    Must have been a slow night at the trailer park.

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  • maiv

    yeah, it does look real, but at the end when I saw how much they would have had to climb in order to drape it, i was just like, yeah right.

    • will

      it looks way too professional to be real

  • Hannah

    When will this fad end? I’m sick of hearing about this girl. And I’m sick of hearing her crappy songs.

  • cubandemocracy

    Yeah, very creative image

  • Suzanne

    Ugh.This girl makes me miss Crazyee Britney and Cracked out Lilo in the press.

    • Jisan

      Oh yeah, THAT was fun! I really steartd feeling the deadlifts about mid-way through round three, but over all the work out is kinda made for little squat guys like me: 11:39 (RX) is what I knocked it down in.

  • Kyle Webs

    This is simply an act they put on to look like drunk, stupid, slutty girls on a boring night in the trailer park. KEY DOLLAR SIGN HA FAIL, SUCK IT!

  • hobokendave

    anyone who has lyrics about kicking boys to the curb unless “they look like Mick Jagger” is obviously an idiot.

    Midnight Beast’s parody of her song is way better…and sung better too

    • Ems

      lol wow, I read that while I was listening to their version x) They are SO much better than Kesha. I love how they call her a slut <

      • Cahaya

        Great blog here! Also your site loads up fast! What web host are you using? Can I get your affiliate link to your host? I wish my site ldeaod up as quickly as yours lol

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