Steve-O from “Jackass” was arrested on Sunday after climbing up a crane in Hollywood. Steve-O’s crane stunt was all part of an anti-Seaworld protest that the stunt man had been planning. According to the Los Angeles Times on Sunday, Steve-O was arrested for the daring stunt that he taped and shared over social media.
Steve-O’s daring anti-Seaworld protest shouldn’t have surprised anyone. Not only is the “Jackass” star known for pulling off some of the riskiest stunts but Steve-O told everyone his plans to scale the crane on Facebook. On Saturday, Steve-O write on Facebook, “This is Shammy. We’re going to do a big dangerous stunt in Los Angeles tomorrow that will probably get me in a lot of trouble, and you can watch it happen via a live stream, right here on Facebook, starting at exactly 7pm PST. See you then.”
Once Steve-O was ready to perform his daring stunt/protest, he posted to Facebook again to let fans know that something big was about to happen. Once he was able to scale up the construction crane, the daring stunt man took to social media again and posted pictures of the daring feat. Steve-O, whose real name is Stephen Glover, stood on the crane and blew up a plastic whale toy that he had written “Seaworld Sucks” across and set off fireworks.
There are pictures of Steve-O’s feet as he shuffled down the crane that hung out over West Selma Avenue in Hollywood. It didn’t take long for those watching from below to call emergency services for what they thought was a suicide attempt. Steve-O posted from high up on the crane that he could hear the sirens. According to reports, around 80 firefighters were dispatched to rescue Steve-O, who was recording the entire incident.
Eventually West Selma Avenue was shut down and in addition to the firefighters, at least 30 police officers were dispatched to the scene. Once Steve-O was ushered down from his protest site, the “Jackass” star was then arrested and booked with suspicion of trespassing, setting a firework without a permit, and conspiracy to commit a crime.
This isn’t the first time that Steve-O has been arrested for anti-Seaworld related protest crimes. Last year he was arrested in San Diego after scaling a Seaworld billboard and attacking the word “sucks” at the end. That stunt was also caught on video tape and shared with Steve-O’s fans.
What do you think of Steve-O’s crane stunt? Did he get the attention necessary to protest Seaworld or should Steve-O have gone about protesting in a different way? Tell us what you think in the comments below.