Viral Video: #BlackLivesMatter Names Placed on Hollywood Walk of Fame
With their faces kept hidden, an anonymous group placed the names of several African Americans, who were recently killed by police officers while unarmed, onto unassigned stars on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame using an adhesive in a new video featured on Indecline.
To list a few: Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, Oscar Grant and Michael Brown Jr.’s name plates—along with the unidentified group’s logo—were put down on the pavement overnight.
Accompanying the slick visuals in the background is a recording of Malcom X’s speech after the fatal Los Angeles shooting of Ronald Stokes in 1962; opening with the line, “We want an immediate end to this police brutality.”
At it’s conclusion the video goes dark, only showing the “blacklivesmatter” hashtag.
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce—which oversees the Walk of Fame—told The Washington Post on March 30 that the name plates have since been removed.
“The Hollywood Walk of Fame is an institution celebrating the positive contributions of celebrity inductees,” Chamber of Commerce CEO and President Leron Gubler told The Post. “As an internationally renowned icon, it attracts worldwide attention. We recognize that there are people upset about numerous issues and lobbying for change, but we would hope that they would project their anger in more positive ways than to vandalize a California State landmark. The stars were cleaned up as soon as the vandalism was discovered.”
After the video received attention, Indecline’s founder gave an interview with The Root about the purpose for putting the piece together.
“People always need to be reminded to refocus their attention on the things that truly matter. Hollywood is a vacuous, elitist culture that exports false hope and promise while providing a convenient escape from the current issues we’re all facing here at home,” Ryan McPherson said in the interview. “Cops are murdering black men and women on what seems to be a weekly basis and they’re getting away with it. This has become a new epidemic, and there needs to be a countermovement to stop it.”