(CELEBRITIES/SEAWORLD) The SeaWorld culprit is out! Steve-O, best known for his appearance on the MTV show and film series, Jackass, released a video on Wednesday of himself changing the SeaWorld exit sign on the San Diego Freeway.
Steve-O changed the lettering of the sign from “SeaWorld Next Exit,” to “SeaWorld Sucks.” Although he completed the prank in May, Steve-O only recently announced he is the culprit.
Steve-O may have defaced public property in the process, but he bravely took a stand against SeaWorld’s inhumane practices. Read on to learn more about Steve-o’s prank and how he hopes to save marine animals from captivity. — Global Animal
NBC San Diego, Monica Garske
A well-known reality television trickster is claiming responsibility for a prank that included changing the words on a SeaWorld exit sign along a San Diego freeway.
Back in late May, “Jackass” star Steve-O took it upon himself to scale a highway sign on southbound Interstate 5 and express his strong dislike for SeaWorld.
Using tape, white letters and some “Jackass” determination, he plastered the word “SUCKS” over the highway sign, which includes the SeaWorld Drive exit information. In the end, the sign read “SeaWorld SUCKS.”
Steve-O released a video of the prank on his YouTube channel Wednesday. As of 6 p.m., the clip had been viewed nearly 200,000 times.
The clips starts with Steve-O stating, “I’m putting my foot down for Shamu.”
According to the video, Steve-O says it took him five attempts over a span of two days to pull the prank. He can be seen falling several times as he tries to get himself to the top of the sign. He’s accompanied by a group of friends, but seems to accomplish the final task on his own — with the help of a ladder.
“If doing that was wrong, I don’t want to be right. Screw you, SeaWorld!” he says to the camera after completing his mission.
“SeaWorld sucks terribly,” he adds, asking fans to share the video on social media using the hashtag #SeaWorldSucks.
Steve-O’s stunt came just days after People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) unveiled an anti-SeaWorld sign that caused controversy at the San Diego International Airport.
Steve-O is a known animal rights activist who has posed for PETA public service campaigns in the past. Still, there was never any evidence to link PETA to the roadside prank.
It is unknown, at this time, if Steve-O will face any charges for the stunt. NBC 7 reached out to both the California Highway Patrol and Caltrans for comment on the matter.
Chief Steve Saville of the Caltrans District 11 Public Information Office had this to say Wednesday night:
“We consider defacing public property at a cost to state taxpayers an unlawful act and a dangerous distraction for motorists. We will refer all information to the California Highway Patrol.”
Meanwhile, CHP officials told NBC 7 investigators were reviewing the incident and Steve-O’s video to determine whether or not charges will be filed.
NBC 7 also reached out to SeaWorld Wednesday, but the a spokesperson said the park would not be releasing a statement.
Check out the video below of Steve-o changing the freeway sign: