These Celebrities’ Stars Were Vandalized (But Not Removed) From the Hollywood Walk of Fame
The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a huge tourist attraction and honor for celebrities whose stars grace its path. Hollywood Boulevard and three blocks of Vine Street are full of terrazzo and brass stars featuring the most famous household names like Eddie Murphy, Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, and of course … President Donald Trump.
Recent reports revealed that the public and West Hollywood City Council are arguing for the removal of Trump’s Walk of Fame star. This would make Trump the first celebrity to have their star removed. While others have been vandalized, Trump’s situation is unique, as the West Hollywood City Council unanimously voted to remove his star — but turns out, it isn’t in their jurisdiction to do so.
That power lies with the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, who said the star is safe for the time being. President Leron Gubler said that once they receive some answers from the City of West Hollywood, the decision will refer to their Executive Committee for consideration.
“The West Hollywood City Council did not pass the resolution because Donald Trump is a conservative or a Republican. Earning a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is an honor. When one belittles and attacks minorities, immigrants, Muslims, people with disabilities or women — the honor no longer exists,” Mayor John Duran said of the council’s symbolic vote.
Other celebrities’ stars have been defamed in the past
While Trump’s star appears the most consistently vandalized as of late, other famous figures have had theirs tampered with. Grammy-winner Mariah Carey received a star in August 2015 for her musical success, but not two years later the star was vandalized with a question mark scratched next to her star.
The incident occurred in January 2017 — a week after Carey’s infamous performance where she was caught lip-synching in Times Square — and many thought the question mark symbolized the vandal doubting her talent. Carey accused Dick Clark Productions (who puts on the New Years Eve spectacular) of purposefully sabotaging her act to boost ratings.
Not all vandalism has derogatory intent, such as the lyrical defacing of former Beatle John Lennon. Still, the graffiti ruined the star’s original appearance. Rather than write on it, fans and those who were close to Lennon usually choose to celebrate by leaving flowers and candles by his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (pictured above).
The observational scribbles included phrases like “It cost alot [sic] to win & even more 2 lose,” “Blackbird … Rain was here,” and “I love you.” Tour guide Gillian Lomax called the vandalism “rather tacky.” The star was eventually restored to its original appearance.
There are stars other than Trump’s that the public want to be removed
Such as Bill Cosby, Charlie Sheen, and OJ Simpson’s. Various writers and public figures have argued that certain celebrities once deserved the recognition but should no longer have their name celebrated among Hollywood’s elite.
After numbers of rape allegations and incriminating court documents, much of the public called for Cosby’s star to be removed. Gubler released a simple statement; “The answer is no.”
The case of Trump’s star may be different — Gubler hasn’t definitively struck the idea down but has said the matter will be discussed — but we won’t know for a bit. Until then, his defaced and vandalized star stands.
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