18.08.08 Trump Hollywood Star

August 8, 2018
Quick Reads background image

Is President Trump a Hollywood Star?

Not if the West Hollywood Council has its way.A They voted to remove his star from the Walk of Fame, but they don’t get final (if any) say.

Want a star? Got 40K?

Behind the Scenes

  • Pres. Trump’s star is a site of increasing vandalism & protest.
  • West Hollywood Mayor said the Council’s resolution urging the star’s removal isn’t political, telling CNN:A “Earning a star … is an honor. When one belittles & attacks minorities, immigrants, Muslims, people with disabilities or women — the honor no longer exists.”

Walk of Fame 101

  • Anyone can submit a nomination, but nomineesA must be in 1 of 5 fields of entertainment: film, t.v., radio, live theater & recording.
  • Hollywood Chamber of Commerce votes on nominees.
  • Once selected, nominees or a sponsor (a movie studio, agent, PR company) pay $40K for ceremony & star’s upkeep.
“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.”

Leron Gubler, Pres & CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, addressing calls in 2015 to remove Bill Cosby's star after allegations of sexual misconduct. The L.A. City Council & The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce have the final world on the Walk of Fame.

The 18-block stretch of the Hollywood Walk of Fame is home to more than 2,600 stars, including two U.S. presidents. 2 decades before he became President, then-actor Ronald Reagan received his star in 1960 on the newly unveiled Walk of Fame.

by Jenna Lee,