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Radio Hosts Transform Billboard Hate Crime Into Art

Earlier this month, we told you about a second act of vandalism targeted at a mid-city billboard advertising Internet radio show The Craig & Robbie Hour. This weekend, we can happily report that a unique fix devised by Craig Olsen now covers over the previous paint splatter defacement.

The above design was commissioned by Olsen from local graffiti artist Jamie Ochoa. “I wanted to turn this [gay] hate crime into a positive message for the community,” Olsen tells FishbowlLA. “I have owned and operated my own interior design showroom in this community for the past 16 years and I also live in Hancock Park.”

Olsen and co-host Robbie Laughlin, of E! News fame, have been best friends for more than two decades. Their one-year-old Thursday 5 p.m. program generally highlights the latest endeavors of their numerous entertainment industry pals.

We say bravo to Olsen, Laughlin and Ochoa for this uniquely creative solution to an act that still needs to be properly investigated. The original billboard layout is by fashion photographer Gregory Metcalf. And in answer to our comment on the previous FishbowlLA item, Olsen confirms that all tattoos shown are fake. “I wouldn’t want to put anything on my body that I couldn’t rearrange!” he jokes.

[Photo provided by Olsen]

Previously on FishbowlLA:
Gay Radio Show Billboard Vandalized a Second Time

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