Update: The West Hollywood City Council has voted unanimously to have the star removed. The non-binding vote puts pressure on the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, who will make the call.
Let’s just be honest, the Hollywood Walk of Fame has always played fast and loose with the “Fame” part. Case in point, Donald J. Trump, who was a “celebrity” of little to no distinction when he bought his way onto Hollywood Boulevard in 2007 (real talk: a Walk of Fame star costs $40,000) for his work producing the Miss Universe pageant, or whatever. One could argue that other celebs have gotten their stars for less, but you’d be hard-pressed to find any. Meanwhile, actual luminaries, like perennial national sweetheart Julia Roberts, remain star-less. Well, now, the West Hollywood City Council is considering righting that egregious wrong. Sorta.
The Trump star has been vandalized numerous times since the former television personality/alleged billionaire decided to make America “meh” again, and was completely destroyed twice—the most recent patriotic act occurring last month—only to be replaced using taxpayer funds.
Citing the president’s treatment of women, people of color, queer people, immigrants—you know, basically anyone not a cis, white, male American citizen—the WeHo City Council plans to vote on shooting that star into a black hole where it belongs. According to the Council’s Monday morning agenda:
The City Council will consider adopting a resolution urging 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.
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has previously refused to remove the stars of controversial celebrities better known these days for their sexual abuse allegations than their film and TV credits, such as Bill Cosby, Kevin Spacey, and Brett Ratner, hoping instead that people “would project their anger in more positive ways than to vandalize a California State landmark.” But considering Trump’s administration has as much respect for landmarks as it does for the marginalized people it routinely targets, maybe it’s time the Chamber deliver a resounding message to POTUS: #TimesUp.