Trump's Hollywood Star Could Be In Danger Of Getting Removed Completely — Here's Why
In this political moment, the most unexpected landmarks can become incredibly divisive. This summer, that has happened to the Walk of Fame, where Trump's Hollywood star may be removed, depending on a city council vote Monday night. Though the vote would not result in the star's immediate removal, it could potentially move the process forward.
UPDATE: The West Hollywood City Council voted unanimously Monday night to adopt a resolution requesting the removal of Trump's Hollywood Walk of Fame star.
EARLIER: "Having a 'star' on the Walk of Fame is a privilege that is highly sought after by those in the entertainment industry, allowing Mr. Trump to continue to have a star in light of his behavior toward women, particularly in the #timesup and #metoo movements, should not be acceptable in the Hollywood and entertainment industry communities," wrote two West Hollywood city council officials in a staff report that discussed the proposal.
The vote before the council on Monday night would, if successful, would be for "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," according to the report. The document repeatedly referenced the president's "disturbing treatment of women," and made reference to "other actions that do not meet the shared values of the City of West Hollywood, the region, state, and country."
The report lists a number of high-profile news stories that have dominated the news cycle since Trump was still just a presidential candidate, and which the report's authors do not believe reflect the city's values. This includes the separation of families at the U.S.-Mexico border, withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, and a policy disallowing transgender people to serve in the military.
"Starting with the 2016 presidential election a number of disturbing instances concerning Mr. Trump's treatment of women came to light, including the Access Hollywood tape where Mr. Trump is heard making disparaging remarks about women, multiple allegations of abuse and efforts to cover up those instances, as well as continued derogatory remarks regarding women," the report reads. It then goes on to compare the Walk of Fame to other institutions in the entertainment industry, which have, at times, been compelled to remove members because of inappropriate behavior.
"Similar to how certain members of the entertainment community have been removed from the Academy of Motion Pictures, this is an opportunity for decision-makers to take a stand on their values in support of women and against disturbing treatment of women," the report says.
At least one argument for supporting the removal of Trump's star was economically based. In one line, the report's authors pointed out that Trump's star has been destroyed before. The cost of replacing that star, they said, fell on the city's taxpayers.
"It should be noted that Mr. Trump's star on the Walk of Fame has been destroyed in the past, and has been replaced by the City of Los Angeles using taxpayer funds," they wrote.
Historically, removing a star from the Walk of Fame has been an extremely difficult process. Cries to remove Billy Cosby's star after he faced sexual assault allegations, for example, were unsuccessful. Whether the council will move to adopt the resolution encouraging the removal of Trump's star waits to be seen.