Publicity stunts often get publicity they don’t really deserve. Yet here we are, chronicling another one. Comedian George Lopez posed for pictures as he “urinated” on President Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood walk of fame. The stunt has angered many of Trump’s fans and shows, once again, the lengths to which his detractors are willing to go to mock him.
Lopez didn’t actually urinate on the star, in public. Instead he simply pretended to. The charade was accomplished by squeezing a small water bottle held in an appropriate way to simulate urination.
TMZ published the video. Behind him, though, a photographer was taking pictures at an angle that wouldn’t show the water bottle.
“The comedian was seen crouching next to the brass plaque on Hollywood Boulevard as a stream of water flowed from between his legs in the video published on Wednesday,” The Daily Mail writes. “Lopez is well known for his jibes against the President and was last year booed off stage at a charity gala in Denver after his anti-Trump jokes fell flat with the crowd, who had paid $5,000 to $100,000 for tables.”
That event was an embarrassment for Liberty Media CEO Greg Maffei. He was sitting in the front row, and his company was one of the event’s largest donors. During the show, Maffei asked Lopez to cut he anti-Trump jokes.
“George was asked nicely to stop making Trump jokes by a man in front row [Maffei] who just donated $250K,” another spectator wrote about the moment.
This is hardly the first time that Trump’s star has suffered abuse. The star is symbolic, and is therefore a target.
“In 2016, Los Angeles Police arrested a man who pleaded no contest to destroying Trump’s star with a sledgehammer and pickax,” The Mail notes.
“Upon reflection after my arrest,” James Otis told media, “I had said I was proud and felt very good about destroying Mr. Trump’s star. However, now I realize I was wrong, that I shouldn’t have done it.”
His punishment wasn’t too severe. Otis reportedly completed 20 days of community service and paid a $4,400 fine.