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Fallen stars: the dark history of Hollywood's Walk of Fame

With the West Hollywood City Council voting to have Donald Trump’s star removed, other problematic celebrities could face a similar fate
Bill Cosby’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Photograph: David Livingston/Getty Images

Donald Trump may be impervious to attacks on Twitter or by the papers he brands “fake news”, but his critics have found a real-world location in which to vent their feelings: his star on Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame. The president’s terrazzo plaque, which was unveiled on 17 January 2007, has been scrawled on, and sledgehammered by protesters since he began his White House campaign. In 2016, an artist called Plastic Jesus built a 6in wall, complete with razor wire, around the star in a response to Trump’s aggressive policies on immigration. Last month, a man was arrested in Hollywood for all but demolishing the president’s star with a pickaxe.

Proof that nothing Trump-related can stay off Twitter for in cleaning graffiti from Trump’s star: “Nothing but respect for MY President. #RaisedRight”. Naturally, her tweet became a meme, and earned a volley of responses, with those less sympathetic to the president posting their allegiance to various alternative “MY Presidents”, from to . Now the but there’s a catch. The council has no jurisdiction over the tributes, which are owned and overseen instead by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

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