A star is reborn! Donald Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star is replaced after it was destroyed three times during his presidency – lastly by a man with a pickaxe dressed as the Incredible Hulk
- The newly forged star was unveiled after being boarded up for months
- It has become a site for protests and has been vandalized multiple times
- In October it was destroyed by a man dressed as the Incredible Hulk
Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has been unveiled again after it was repeatedly vandalized and boarded up during his presidency.
The newly forged star, which features a TV symbol to celebrate his work on The Apprentice, was laid down Thursday on the iconic boulevard.
The five-pointed brass star sits alongside famous Paramount film executive Y. Frank Freeman and director Irwin Winkler.
Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has been unveiled again after it was repeatedly vandalized and boarded up during his presidency
The newly forged star, which features a TV symbol to celebrate his work on The Apprentice, was laid down on Thursday on the famous boulevard
The five-pointed brass star sits alongside famous Paramount film executive Y. Frank Freeman and director Irwin Winkler
Trump’s star was painted over, pickaxed and even drilled into pieces when it became a battleground for political debate during his presidency.
It was destroyed by a sledgehammer in 2016, attacked with a pickaxe in 2018 and last October a man dressed as the Incredible Hulk destroyed it with a pickaxe again causing £3,000 damage.
It has been frequently defaced. Last June it was famously covered in Black Lives Matter slogans an artist once placed a miniature wall around it to protest at Trump’s immigration policies.
The first desecration came during the 2016 election when James Otis used a sledge hammer and a pickaxe to destroy all of the star’s brass inlays.
The vandal admitted to defacing the star and he served three years’ probation.
It was repaired but was destroyed again in 2018 by a man named Austin Clay, who was sentenced to a day in jail, three years of probation, and 20 days of community service.
Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was spray-painted black in June last year amid BLM protests
After being painted black it was then spray painted in blue and further graffitied
Several later protests resulted in the star being graffitied with a swastika and other offensive writing.
In June last year, a demonstrator spray painted the star completely black before a bag of dog excrement was placed on top.
Although nobody identified as the culprit, it took place during a Black Lives Matter protest and the star was tagged with the initials BLM, along with some choice swear words.
In July 2018, a man named Austin Clay destroyed the star which has become a site for protests
The final act of vandalism came in October when a man dressed as the Incredible Hulk destroyed it with a pickaxe ‘beyond recognition’.
Until today, it was boarded up for months in an effort to stop further damage to the star which is administered by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.
After acts of vandalism, the non-profit, non-partisan group Hollywood Historic Trust replaces a star.
DESTRUCTION AT TRUMP STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME
The Hollywood Walk of Fame star dedicated to Trump at the height of his Apprentice fame in 2007 has become a hotbed for political unrest since he declared his candidacy for president in 2015.
January 2016 – Swastika
Someone spray painted a reverse swastika – the symbol of the Nazi party -on the star.
The Anti-Defamation League, whose mission is to stop the defamation of Jewish people, explains the distinction between forward and reverse-facing swastikas, as follows:
‘The swastika as adopted by the Nazis has “arms” that hook to the right; later white supremacists maintained this tradition.
‘Though sometimes more ignorant white supremacists accidentally render swastikas “backwards,” the backwards or left-pointing swastika is typically the hallmark of someone not actually that familiar with white supremacist iconography.’
May 2016 – Golden toilet
A gold-colored toilet featuring the words: ‘Take A Trump’ spray painted on the tank was placed by the star in May of 2016 as part of a larger art installation.
It was created in reference to the Guggenheim offering to loan the president a golden toilet after turning down a request for a specific piece of Van Gogh art
June 2016 – Mute symbol
The star was spray painted with the symbol for ‘mute’, which has a speaker with an X over it.
Speculation around the spray painting of the ‘mute’ sign included the possibility that it was meant to protest Trump’s antagonistic language used during his campaign.
That incident was video taped and posted on YouTube with the title, ‘Trump muted in Hollywood blvd.’
July 2016 – Miniature wall
In response to Trump’s campaign promise to build a wall at the Mexico border, LA-based street artist Plastic Jesus erected a small wall around his star in July 2016.
The 6-in-high concrete wall is topped with razor wire, miniature American flags and is decorated with ‘Keep Out’ signs written in both Spanish and English.
October 2016 – Pick ax incident #1
Right before Trump was elected president, a man named James Otis dressed as a construction worker and took a pick ax and a sledge hammer to the star.
Otis said his goal was to remove the star, auction it, and donate any money raised to the women who accused Trump of sexual assault leading up to the presidential election.
Otis pleaded no contest to a felony vandalism charge related to the incident in February 2017, was placed on probation, sentenced to 20 days of community service and ordered to pay $4,400 in damages and lawyer’s fees.
June 2017 – Permanent marker
While getting scribbled on with permanent marker definitely is tame compared to the other vandalism to the star, an incident went viral in 2017 after a woman tweeted photos of herself cleaning the star with the caption: ‘Nothing but respect for my president.’
The caption was quickly turned into a meme with people tweeting photos of themselves with other stars on the Walk of Fame.
July 2018 – George Lopez ‘peeing’
The was caught on video crouching next to the brass plaque on Hollywood Boulevard as a stream of water flowed from between his legs.
However, on closer inspection Lopez – whose face was scrunched up in a mock grimace – was carrying a small bottle of water which he was using to mimic the act.
Several Trump supporter’s called for his arrest for public indecency, but police confirmed he had not actually done anything illegal
July 2018 – Pick ax incident #2
Police received a call about vandalism to the star at around 3.30am on July 25, Los Angeles Police Officer Ray Brown told DailyMail.com.
Austin Clay, 24, turned himself in to the Beverly Hills Police Department an hour later at 4.30am.
Clay was booked on suspicion of felony vandalism and was being held on $20,000 bail before his predecessor Otis came to spring him free.
Clay’s girlfriend has said she didn’t know of his plans to destroy the star but that he had been vocal about his dislike of the president.
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