A thug destroyed President Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last month. That’s the second time it had been destroyed. And the West Hollywood City Council just voted to remove the star. But the efforts to get rid of the star have produced a remarkable effect.
A crew laminated vinyl stars and placed them on blank squares in Hollywood.
Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame — destroyed on several occasions by detractors who sometimes wield a pick-ax — mysteriously multiplied overnight so that on Thursday morning there were several dozen stars.
The effort comes from a conservative street artist who wishes to remain anonymous, but says he was motivated not only by the destruction of the president’s real star, but also a recent unanimous vote by the West Hollywood City Council to recommend the removal of Trump’s star due to accusations he has mistreated women.
While the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and Los Angeles City Council haven’t weighed in on the matter yet, the Chamber has said in the past when referencing the case of Bill Cosby that the stars are part of a historic landmark and once in, they will not be removed. Cosby was convicted this year in a sexual abuse case against Andrea Costand.
The unknown artist said he wouldn’t stop the effort.
“Rip up the president’s Walk of Fame star or try to have it removed — like you’re the mayor of West Hollywood or something — and 30 more will pop up,” he told the Hollywood Reporter.
The artist and his cohorts, who call themselves “The Faction” and are allies of prolific conservative artist Sabo, spent $1,000 on the stars, which they printed on sheets of floor vinyl with adhesive backing, and their mission was partially financed by “a young and anonymous entrepreneur.”
The crew laminated the vinyl stars and placed them on blank squares on the Walk of Fame, though kept them covered until all were secured into place so that onlookers would not know exactly what was happening.
“I didn’t want to get hit over the head from behind. We thought Trump Derangement Syndrome was a joke, but I’m pretty sure it’s real,” the artist said. “If no one peels these off, they could last there for 10 years.”
But at least some of them did get peeled off. “We didn’t want to have what happened to the old star here. Not only would the star be destroyed, but it would damage our property,” one Ripley’s Believe It or Not employee said.
The cleaning service that deals with graffiti and vandalism said that they found about 50 stars.
A local street vendor said he was surprised with how real they looked.
If you strike one down, more will rise in its place…