Trump's 'Access Hollywood' Remarks Were Briefly Memorialized In A Plaque So Nobody Forgets
This is certainly not the sort of thing you typically see on a commemorative plaque, but it sure sends a powerful message. In the city of Burbank, California some TV producers placed a plaque at the very spot where President Donald Trump made his infamous Access Hollywood remarks about sexual assault, The Daily Beast reports. The intent was to satirize the fact that more than 10 years after the scandalous statements, Trump was elected president. (He has denied all allegations of sexual misconduct.)
The plaque was put up by producers on the show Legends of Tomorrow, according to visual effects editor Seth Gottlieb, who posted an image of it on his Facebook account last week, with the following caption.
In dishonor of our President, the producers of my show have created a plaque commemorating his comments to Billy Bush, which happened on our lot.
The plaque, which was apparently up for just 15 minutes before being pulled down by the studio, bore the following words, referring to the infamous tape as Trump bragging about committing assault.
On this spot in September 2005, Donald J. Trump bragged about committing sexual assault. In November 2016, he was elected President of the United States.
In October 2016, the video and audio recording of Trump engaging in a lewd, hyper-scandalous conversation with then-Access Hollywood host Billy Bush was released by The Washington Post. In the tape, which begins with audio recorded from within a bus, Trump ― who'd married his third wife, Melania, earlier that year ― told Bush a story about attempting to seduce current Entertainment Tonight host Nancy O'Dell, commenting that he "moved on her like a b*tch." He also made some crude references to her physical appearance.
Bush and Trump subsequently commented on their sexual attraction to former Days of Our Lives star Arianne Zucker, who was waiting on the lot outside the bus to meet them. The pair used very objectifying language about Zucker ― "The Donald has scored," Bush remarked upon spotting her. Trump then described his personal behavior toward women he found attractive, saying he'd sometimes would "just start kissing them."
You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab 'em by the p*ssy.
Trump has since insisted that the comments amounted to little more than "locker-room talk," and strenuously denies ever having participated in the kind of behavior he bragged about to Bush. However, in the aftermath of the comments coming to light, more than a dozen women came forward to accuse him of behavior very similar to what he described ― unwanted, unexpected, non-consensual groping and kissing.
Trump has staunchly denied all this, calling his multiple accusers "horrible liars," and threatening to sue, although ultimately, he's taken no action against them. He himself is also currently being sued by one of his accusers, a former contestant on his old NBC show The Apprentice named Summer Zervos, for defamation. The Trump administration has attempted to get the case thrown out of court, but so far, its been unsuccessful.
Needless to say, it seems some of the producers of Legends of Tomorrow decided to take matters into their own hands, installing the plaque commemorating what was a decidedly dark and fraught day in American political history. As previously mentioned, however, it's since been pulled down.
One of the show's producers, Phil Klemmer, tweeted the following alongside an image of the plaque: "It took our offices 15 minutes to take down this plaque. The truth remains."