Many Oklahoma residents are angry after actress Jessica Alba pasted pictures of sharks across Oklahoma City. Alba, an animal activist, was trying to bring attention to the growing concern of the Great White Shark population.
“It’s just disappointing. We want Oklahoma City to be beautiful and not an eyesore,” said Kristy Yager, spokeswoman for Oklahoma City. “This just causes problems.”
Yager first heard about the shark-infested vandalism Monday morning, as pictures of Jessica Alba’s alleged vandalism surfaced online, along with a shout out from someone who is complicit in this crime. In the pictures, she’s seen wrapping up utility boxes and proclaiming victory with shark pictures over a United Way poster. Many people are not only offended by the vandalism on their city, but also a little confused by the actress’ tactics.
“I couldn’t tell what it was,” resident Steve Brinkley said. “It looked like a vandalized poster of sharks. I don’t feel like Jessica Alba raised my awareness any,” said Rachel Klein of United Way. United Way was one organization caught in the crossfire of this costly caper. It must now shell out about $235 for a new billboard. “It is an inconvenience for the United Way, especially going into our summer and fall campaigns,” Klein said. “We do want our Live United message out there.”
Messages left for Jessica Alba’s representatives were not returned. Yager said the city spends about $200,000 a year cleaning up graffiti and vandalism, which is classified as a crime. A police report on Alba’s vandalism has not been filed.
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Jessica Alba is speaking out to “The Insider” in the midst of a vandalism case in which unnamed individuals pasted numerous posters of sharks around Oklahoma City, including on a United Way billboard, last weekend.
“I got involved in something I should have had no part of,” Alba tells us. “I realize that I should have used better judgment and I regret not thinking things through before I made a spontaneous and ill-advised decision to let myself get involved with the people behind this campaign. I sincerely apologize to the citizens of Oklahoma City and to the United Way for my involvement in this incident.” The Oklahoma City Police Department tells “The Insider” that the unnamed individuals pasted the shark posters on electrical boxes, one on a bridge, and one on a United Way billboard in the downtown area.
Under Oklahoma law, maliciously defacing property can be a felony punishable by prison time if the value of the damage exceeds $1,000 or more.
Estimates of the damage are between $500 and $700, said Kristy Yager, a spokeswoman for the city.