Newtown Tragedy Gave Hollywood Highland Flash Mob a Whole New Purpose

Who better to lead a self-proclaimed “Love Mob” than a person with the last name Smiles?

When Preston Smiles took to YouTube at the beginning of December to explain how he would lead a flash mob at Hollywood & Highland set to the street-guitarist accompaniment of The Beatles “All You Need is Love” and “She Loves You,” the horrible Connecticut elementary school tragedy was nowhere on the horizon. But by the time the event day of December 15 arrived, there was a desperate need for such public acts of healing.

With the “Love Mob” video subsequently posted to YouTube, the gathering has begun picking up viral steam. Yesterday for example, it was highlighted in a report on Texas NBC affiliate KTSM Channel 9:

Smiles, an actor-model who also teaches surfing, is charismatic in this lead role. In the coming days, expect to catch more glimpses of him riding the viral wave.

Update – 12/20/12: Zack Wolk, who helped organize the Hollywood & Highland event, let us know that there is a similar “Love Eruption” flash mob planned for this Saturday on the Third Street Promenade starting at noon. More details here.

@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.