Near-riot in Hollywood: Planking in front of police
When a crowd of Electric Daisy Carnival fans resisted orders by riot police Wednesday night to disperse from Hollywood Boulevard, they didn't lock arms and form a wall of resistance -- they planked.
At one point, people began lying face down on the street as a row of police officers stood nearby.
It was a made-in-Hollywood response to police ordering fans of the electronic-music DJ Kaskade to disperse. A huge crowd had formed outside the premiere of "Electric Daisy Carnival Experience" after Kaskade tweeted to his followers about an impromptu concert outside of the Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
Planking has achieved notoriety as an online fad, as people try to plank in the most unlikely places.
One example came during the Carmageddon closure of the 405, where a photograph was taken of a person on the closed freeway.
In this case, planking was one of various tactics the fans used to defy police orders to clear the busy road in front of Grauman's Chinese Theatre.
“The tone of the crowd was chill. And it really just felt like, ‘We can do this because you can’t do anything about it,' ” said Nick Walsh, a social-media strategist who took photos of the disturbance from his office overlooking the theater in Hollywood.
The planking would only last a moment — just enough time for other fans to snap a photo. The plankers would get into formations of 15 to 20 people, Walsh said.
“They were going up to the cops and taking pictures of them as they were walking backward,” Walsh said.
-- Rong-Gong Lin II
Photo: Members of a crowd gathered for the premiere of the Electric Daisy Carnival Experience lie down on Hollywood Boulevard -- planking -- in front of LAPD officers. Credit: Nick Walsh