Warning: this story is so dumb you might not believe it until you see it’s from California.
The West Hollywood City Council has unanimously resolved to ask the Hollywood Chamber Of Commerce to remove the Donald Trump star from the Hollywood Walk Of Fame –- not, they insist, because of the recurring vandalism but because of “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.”
Never mind that the Hollywood Walk Of Fame isn’t even in West Hollywood. (If it were, it would likely be called the WEST Hollywood Walk Of Fame, duh.) It’s in Hollywood, which is part of Los Angeles.
“Earning a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame is an honor,” said West Hollywood Mayor John Duran. “When one battles and attacks minorities, immigrants, Muslims, people with disabilities or women, the honor no longer exists.” Never mind that the President has not attacked minorities or immigrants, only illegal immigrants and others who have broken the law; that he has nothing against Muslims per se, only Muslim terrorists and supporters of terrorism; that the alleged incident of Trump making fun of a disabled man was debunked; and that as President, he’s hired more women to high positions than any previous President and has behaved in a professional manner. (You can be sure we would have heard if he hadn’t.) I can think of a few former Presidents who fail spectacularly to meet that standard.
(Also worth noting, as Mayor Duran lays his claim to West Hollywood as America’s beacon of morality: last May, shortly after he declared “Stormy Daniels Day” and gave a porn star the key to the city, it was revealed that he’d cost taxpayers $500,000 in legal settlements to hush up a male aide who accused him of sexual harassment when he was a councilman.)
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the staff report for the Trump star resolution includes “numerous reasons for the matter, including the separation of children from their parents at the border, the denial of impacts of climate change on the world, Trump’s treatment of transgendered individuals and the denial of findings from the intelligence community of Russian interference in the 2016 election, among others.”
So, although the mayor denies it, they obviously want to remove the star for political reasons. Never mind that children being separated from their parents –- or other custodial adults who may have been traffickers –- happened under Obama, that manmade “climate change” is a highly-politicized theory, that transgendered individuals possess the same rights as non-transgendered individuals, and that the intelligence community has gone far beyond its purported mandate of investigating Russian interference.
As for “disturbing treatment of women,” it’s easy to go to Wikipedia and see the list of everyone who has a star on the Hollywood Hall Of Fame. Know who has one? Bill Cosby. Know who else has one? Virtually every huge star, going back to the silent days, who established a reputation for going through Hollywood starlets (and young male actors) like Kleenex. Industry insiders and historians more familiar than I with all the Hollywood “casting couch” stories could certainly find numerous producers and directors on that list who did the same. Even so, the Walk Of Fame has never had a star removed; Cosby, Kevin Spacey, Michael Jackson, even Hugh Hefner (!) and others remain enshrined there because it’s a registered historic landmark --- and should remain so. It honors people who made a big mark in show business, like Donald Trump, who was the star of one of NBC’s hottest shows for years.
The Walk itself doesn’t have a pristine history. Though it’s currently in pretty nice shape, there were seedier decades in which it was nothing to be proud of. Tourists would go there thinking it was going to be glamorous but would encounter trash, syringes, and dispensers of the worst pornography, including shocking child porn. In some ways it was as rough as certain streets in San Francisco and (increasingly, since Democrats took the Mayor’s office back) Manhattan are today. But I digress. At least we should credit Hollywood with cleaning THAT up.
For the Donald Trump star, it’s just been one indignity after another since he ran for President. It’s been demolished with a pickaxe (twice), urinated on and sledgehammered. It’s been disrespected with various forms of performance art. It’s no doubt been stomped on and spit on thousands of times over the past few years. It’s seen vandalism worthy of the seedier days endured by the Walk Of Fame, and that makes me think that even with the #MeToo movement, Hollywood’s trashy, sexist past is still very much alive, masked by political correctness in an act worthy of an Academy Award.