A petition for the removal of Trump’s Hollywood star

Jim Lundstrom

The ignorant, malodorous lardass known as Donald Trump would like to be king of America.

This bloviating gasbag has inexplicably been seen as the great white hope to people as ignorant as he is, people, like Trump, who profess to be patriots but don’t really understand what America is and has always been about.

While multiple efforts are under way to remove this stain on America from public life, we the people wonder how we can help to cancel this unmitigated asshole. Well, it might seem like small potatoes, but we could help Los Angeles resident Andrew Rudick in his effort to have Trump’s star removed from the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Trump’s star was supposedly added to the Walk of Fame in 2007 for his role in a TV show called The Apprentice (what? really? I’ve never seen it but I’m certain it was awful crap) and for his role in the Miss America pageant (I’m sure he had no ulterior motives for being involved with that, and he probably only grabbed the genitalia of a few of the contestants, as we know he is wont to do).

Does that stuff really warrant a star alongside the likes of Clark Gable, Judy Garland and John Wayne? Of course not. You know he cajoled, wheedled and whined until the right people got him his star.

In 2019, while Trump was in the final days of his chaotic and inexplicable term as president, the West Hollywood City Council voted unanimously to remove Trump’s star from the Walk, saying Trump’s skewed values and his treatment of women did not warrant the “privilege” of having a star. A columnist writing about that 2019 effort said he was surprised Trump got a star for hosting a reality TV show, but noted that if Lassie and Rin Tin Tin can have stars, why not a smelly animal like Trump.

While Trump’s star has been defaced and smashed with a pickax, each time it was restored, to the tune of about $20,000 so far.

Rudick has been working since 2020 – after Trump’s failed coup attempt – to have the star removed. He’s gotten the runaround about who is ultimately responsible – the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce that maintains the site or the city council of Los Angeles.

Rudick has appeared before the council numerous times to put forth the proposition that Trump’s star needs to be removed. At a July 2022 council meeting, Rudick said the ultimate responsibility lies with the city. “Stripping a fascist’s name from commemoration on our streets; a fascist who attempted a coup against our country no less, does nothing to change the structural parameters of the overall landmark….The historical immunity excuse used to prevent action here is absurd, and it’s unfathomable to me that anyone who witnessed the January 6th Hearings thus far would continue to do nothing to stop the emboldening of extremism when they have the power to do so. Please do the right thing for the values our city should represent, and proceed with this action.”

Last April, Rudick went to the council again, first to berate the City of Los Angeles as “the only city honoring the leader of that deadly assault on our democracy, in brass and marble, on our city’s sidewalks. If any other nation acted similarly, we’d likely view their complacency and tolerance of extremism as the demarcation of a declining nation,” and then to suggest a solution – replacing the Trump star with a star for the late Carrie Fisher. Fisher got her star – the 2,745th on the walk – the following month, near her Star Wars co-star Mark Hamill and across the street from her mother Debbie Reynolds.

Rudick approached the council again in September with another idea in the form of a resolution with a number of whereases, including my favorite: “WHEREAS Donald J. Trump is not worthy of recognition on the City of Los Angeles’ world-renowned Hollywood Boulevard after his unprecedented, hate-filled, un-American conduct both in an out of office, including but not limited to his role in and repeated support for the insurrection at the Capitol, his attacks on members of our judicial system, and American democracy…”

He asked that the Trump star be removed and replaced with a star honoring The Entertainment Workers of LA.

There have been unsuccessful efforts to remove the stars of disgraced entertainers Bill Cosby and Kevin Spacey for their sexual misconduct. Below was the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce’s response to star removal in 2017. “The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has received inquiries asking whether we are planning to remove the stars of Walk of Famers because of alleged misconduct. The answer is no. 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.”

The key phrase in that statement is “we have never removed a star from the Walk.”

Well, folks, isn’t it about time to hold Trump accountable? And think of how it would rub the world’s biggest narcissist. I can’t think of a bigger blow to the blowhard’s ego than to have his star removed from the Walk of Fame.

And, really, this guy never should have been on that walk for if he resembles anything celestial, it is more likely space debris than a star.

You can do your part by signing Rudick’s petition: https://www.change.org/p/los-angeles-city-council-de-star-trump?signed=true