The presidential hopeful’s Walk of Fame star has been repeatedly vandalised.
Over 20,000 people have signed a petition calling for Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to be removed. The star has been repeatedly targeted by vandals over recent months and has been marked with a swastika, a mute symbol and even dog excrement by anti-Trump campaigners.
The petition on the Care2 Petitions website reads: “Donald Trump has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and it has been vandalized again and again since the start of his presidential campaign. It’s clear that the community does not think he deserves to be represented there.”
“The fact that Donald Trump has a star along with the likes of Meryl Streep, Bill Murray and Audrey Hepburn is an insult in and of itself. The presidential candidate and former reality TV star has been spawning hateful, sexist and racist rhetoric since the beginning of his campaign.”
“Everything from spray paint to spit to feces has shown up on his star in the last few months,” the petition continues. “One person spray painted a mute symbol over the star, another put a large swastika. Humans have peed on it, pet owners have let their dogs poop on it, and many passerby spit at it.”
“The message is clear: the public does not approve of Trump or the fact that he has a Hollywood Star.” So far the petition has amassed nearly 21,000 supporters, since it appeared online. Trump was awarded his star on the Walk of Fame in 2007, following his reality show ‘The Apprentice’.
But despite the protests, there are no plans to remove the star. Leron Gubler, president of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which operates the Walk of Fame told the LA Times: “The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a registered historic landmark."
"Once a star has been added to the walk, it is considered a part of the historic fabric of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Because of this, we have never removed a star from the walk.”