If you were strolling through Hollywood Boulevard recently, you may have noticed President Donald Trump’s Walk Of Fame star magically multiplied by dozens of times. No, it wasn’t the city council. It was the work of an anonymous supporter.
On Aug. 9 a conservative street artist and an accompanying crew printed on sheets of vinyl identical stars with adhesive backing, placing them on blank squares on the famous Walk of Fame. The artists go by the name of “The Faction” according to their Twitter account, which posted footage of them placing the new stars.
Trump’s real Walk of Fame star has recently gained media attention after a 24-year-old man was charged with one felony count of vandalism after he allegedly destroyed the star with a pickaxe on July 25. The West Hollywood City Council then voted on Aug. 6. to approve a proposal that urged the Los Angeles City Council and Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to remove Trump’s star.
Council members John D’Amico and Lindsey Horvath reportedly proposed the resolution seeking to remove the president’s star citing Trump’s alleged treatment of women.
However, the footage shows the crew passing by others stars from major Hollywood figures Kevin Spacey and Jimmy Kimmel—neither of whom are strangers to controversy, and whose stars are still up.
Spacey is currently being investigated for multiple allegations of sexual assault that surfaced after actor Anthony Rapp accused him of making sexual advances toward him when he was only 14 years old. Spacey apologized to Rapp for any “inappropriate drunken behavior,” in a Twitter post last year.
While Kimmel made a big show of support for the “Me Too” movement during this year’s Oscars, a look at his past behavior reveals some questionable behavior. Kimmel spent years hosting “The Man Show” where he made fun of his wife, asked women on the street to “guess what’s in my pants” by touching an object around his groin area, and forced a group of women named The Juggies to follow his bidding while dressed in skimpy outfits, The New Daily reported.
“Take down his star, and we will descend upon you with 30 fresh new stars,” the artist group wrote on Twitter in an Aug. 9 post.
In another post they responded to the vandalism, adding that if Trump’s star was tampered with again, they would install a “never ending stream of stars.”
During the process, the crew initially placed the vinyl stars with a cover to withhold the name, in a bid to avoid any violent onlookers. They spent $1000 in total, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
“I didn’t want to get hit over the head from behind. We thought Trump Derangement Syndrome was a joke, but I’m pretty sure it’s real,” the artist, who wished to remain anonymous told the outlet. “If no one peels these off, they could last there for 10 years.”
A cleaning crew has since removed the extra Trump Stars.