People Just Won't Stop Vandalizing Donald Trump's Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star
Someone expressed a clear, straightforward sentiment on President Donald Trump's Walk of Fame Star Wednesday by spray painting, simply, "Putin's Bitch" across it.
The graffiti was cleaned up pretty quickly. According to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, a crew was sent out Thursday morning to scrub off the offending phrase.
Paid for by The Hollywood Historic Trust, which foots the bill for maintenance of all the Walk of Fame's stars, the cleanup came at no cost to the city.
The trust doesn't release financial information about how much they spend on star maintenance, but if history is any indication, this won't be the last time a disgruntled patriot rages at Trump's local memorial.
In October 2016, James Otis destroyed the star with a sledgehammer and pick, later telling the Los Angeles Times that "I just sort of had enough with Mr. Trump's aggressive language toward women and his behavior, his sexual violence with women and against women."
In July 2018, Austin Clay turned the star to dust with a pickaxe. Clay later set up a GoFundMe page to help with his legal fees, telling visitors that "On July 24th 2018, I, Austin Clay, destroyed Donald Trump's Hollywood star on the Walk of Fame...I'm calling for your support to fight back against a true tyrant."
In addition to those incidents, said Ana Martinez, a producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony, there have been a number of other smaller acts of aggression towards the unsuspecting plaque.
"There's been graffiti, and other things that have been placed on the star," she said. "Somebody built a little wall around it. There was graffiti again. Somebody put a dog's excrement on it, or let their dog do their duty on it. It's mainly graffiti, though."
Martinez does not have a total count of the number of times that the star has been defaced, but warns that those who choose to express their political opinions via star defacement will face consequences.
"The first guy paid restitution, was put on probation and worked on the freeway cleaning it up," she said. "The second guy is due to pay restitution... To us, it doesn't matter whose star it is. We are going to fix it. It's a state landmark."