Man Ends Up in Jail After Hanging His Painting Next to The 'Mona Lisa' as Part of a Prank | “Absolute Legends”
A prank involving the 'Mona Lisa' landed two YouTubers in a French jail. The iconic painting by Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci, the most valuable art piece hanging in Paris' Louvre Museum, was part of the menace.
JiDion Adams, 22, and Niko Omilana, 25, are two YouTube content creators with over 6 million subscribers each who competed in a "menace-off," where the duo challenged each other to carry out the toughest pranks for their respective channels. However, the joke failed and put them behind bars. In the challenge, Omilana had dared Adams to slip his photograph into the Louvre museum right next to the iconic painting of the 'Mona Lisa'. Pretty harmless dare, right? Well, not really. Turns out, it is a crime.
The legendary painting has lovers from across the globe. Tampering or damaging the 'Mona Lisa' is an offense, according to strict French laws. Its worth is based on the 8 million people who visit the museum every year for a glimpse. The painting is also protected in "1.52-inch thick glass with a wooden fence installed in front" of it to keep patrons at a safe distance, per The New York Times. It was the first time for Adams, while Omilana accomplished it in 2022.
However, Adams, intending to outdo Omilana, took the challenge a step further. He sneaked his painting beside the 'Mona Lisa,' dubbed 'Clapped Lisa' and arranged a fake tour guide for his painting among the museum crowd. The footage of the whole prank was uploaded on Omilana's YouTube channel. In the video, the police can be seen intervening and asking Adams to leave the museum.
Adams sensed he was going to be in deep trouble. The matter heated when Adams pulled his portrait off the wall and ran away. He also asked his co-conspirators to leave the premises so they wouldn't get into hot waters. Their escape failed, however. The French police eventually hunted them down and arrested Adams. The 22-year-old YouTube content creator recalled in the video, "They apprehended me and questioned me." The prank was practically over at this stage and Omilana watched four policemen take Adams into custody and the patrol car. Omilana also protested against Adams' arrest with a sign that read, "Free Jid, French police are mid." The following morning, Adams was set free.
It was indeed a bold joke that the YouTubers pulled off, twice at that. Netizens found the episode hilarious, with one YouTube user, @Mateja horvat, commenting, "The girl who painted both the paintings can literally flex that her artwork was hanged in the Louvre, TWICE." A comment by @rcodxiuov read, "They'll do anything for our entertainment. Absolute legends these two are." @GraceGills had a blast watching the video and wrote, "This is crazy. I have no idea who is going to be the biggest menace though. Been laughing so hard when watching this at work." Police drama aside, it seems the prank resonated with YouTube users as they showered more praise than condemnation on their gutsy joke.