After Donald Trump was elected President, anything bearing the Trump moniker became a target for his detractors. His star on the Hollywood walk of fame is no different. After being vandalized numerous times, his star is now being removed. The West Hollywood city council voted unanimously Monday to remove it.
“West Hollywood City council unanimously passes resolution asking the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to remove the Donald Trump star on Hollywood Walk of Fame,” Mayor John Duran tweeted.
The reason, though, isn’t because of the vandalism. The council has made its decision after deliberating on President Trump’s character. The removal is “due to [Trump’s] disturbing treatment of women and other actions.”
The action was put forth by Councilwoman Lindsey Horvath and West Hollywood Mayor Pro Tem John D’Amico.
“Before passing the motion on Monday,” The Daily Mail writes, “the City Council asked ‘the Los Angeles City Council and Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to remove President Donald J. Trump’s star from the Hollywood Walk of Fame, due to his disturbing treatment of women and other actions that do not meet the shared values of the City of West Hollywood, the region, state, and country’.”
While the vandalism wasn’t mentioned in the motion, it has been a growing concern. In July, a 24-year-old took a pickax to Trumps star. Austin Mikel Clay later turned himself in to police.
Also included in the measure was “the separation of immigrant families crossing the Mexico-US border; and ‘denial of findings from the United States intelligence community regarding Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election’.”
The move to remove the star is a first. Despite other efforts, including a 2015 call to remove Bill Cosby’s star, no stars have ever been revoked.
“Once a star has been added to the walk, it is considered a part of the historic fabric of the Hollywood Walk of Fame,” Leron Gubler said. He was president of the chamber during the effort to remove Cosby’s star. “Because of this, we have never removed a star from the walk.”
The removal of President Trump’s star is sure to anger his constituency. Some of them have been holding small vigils at his star, even through its removal.
And this move opens the door for more removals, for sure. The lens of hindsight has offered some very unflattering views of some of Hollywood’s own.