Friday, April 8, 2016

Drumpf Gets No Respect in Hollywood

Jim Bourg/Reuters

People Are Being Less Than Totally Respectful of Donald Trump’s Walk of Fame Star

Who could have seen this coming?

The Huffington Post  04/04/2016 David Moye Reporter

Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has reportedly attracted various unsavory types of vandalism, including graffiti, urination and (canine) defecation, since the start of his presidential campaign last summer, according to Vanity Fair.

Trump’s star was installed on the renowned stretch of Los Angeles sidewalk in 2007, but it’s only become a target for vandals in recent months. One of the most notable incidents came in late January, when someone spray-painted a swastika on Trump’s star. (The Republican presidential front-runner has received the enthusiastic support of various neo-Nazis and white supremacists.)

The rumor-debunking site Snopes says there’s no evidence that any human beings have actually pooped on Trump’s star. But according to Twitter, fired-up Trump-haters do periodically use the patch of sidewalk as a forum to express their displeasure.

Rumors have circulated that Trump’s star might have to be removed because of the ongoing vandalism. But that’s probably not true.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which is in charge of adding celebrity stars to the Walk of Fame, told The Huffington Post that Trump’s star has only been defaced a couple of times.

When a star is defaced, the cleanup is entrusted to Top End Constructors, the company that implants the stars on the famous footpath.

HuffPost reached out to Top End to find out whether employees have had to spend extra hours cleaning Trump’s star of urine, feces or spray paint. The company has not yet responded.

Meanwhile, LAPD spokesman Joe Granados told HuffPost that the Hollywood precinct has not had to deal with people accused of defacing the star.

“If it’s cleanable, no one files a report,” he said.

Due to the controversy surrounding Trump, some people have called for his star to be removed, but that won’t be happening, according to the Los Angeles Times.

“The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a registered historic landmark,” Leron Gubler, president of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, told the Times in July. “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.”

Trump has had a long and varied career in the entertainment industry, one that’s encompassed several seasons of “The Apprentice” as well as roles in “Home Alone 2“ and “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” He is also a member of the WWE Hall of Fame.

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophoberacistmisogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S. (You still shouldn’t poop on his star, though.)

Yeah, so why does he have a star on the Walk of Fame?  I think maybe we nedd a new rule for eligibility for president - you can't be president if you have a star on the walk of fame.  Here's what the Walk of Fame  folks have to say about it...

Donald Trump
Inducted to the Walk of Fame on January 16, 2007 with 1 star.

Quick Facts
June 14, 1946
Queens, New York, USA
Time Capsule:

Donald John Trump is an American business magnate, socialite, author and television personality. He is the Chairman and CEO of the Trump Organization, a US-based real-estate developer. Trump is also the founder of Trump Entertainment Resorts, which operates numerous casinos and hotels across the world. Trump's extravagant lifestyle and outspoken manner have made him a celebrity for years, a status amplified by the success of his NBC reality show, The Apprentice. Donald was the fourth of five children of Fred Trump, a wealthy real estate developer based in New York City. Donald was strongly influenced by his father in his eventual goals to make a career in real estate development, and upon his graduation from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1968, Donald Trump joined his father's company, The Trump Organization.

Starting with the renovation of the Commodore Hotel into the Grand Hyatt with the Pritzker family, he continued with Trump Tower in New York City and several other residential projects. Trump would later expand into the airline industry, and Atlantic City casino business, including buying the Taj Mahal Casino from the Crosby family, then taking it into bankruptcy. This expansion, both personal and business, led to mounting debt. Much of the news about him in the early 1990s involved his much publicized financial problems, creditor-led bailout, extramarital affair with Marla Maples, and the resulting divorce from his first wife, Ivana Trump.

The late 1990s saw a resurgence in his financial situation and fame. In 2001, he completed Trump World Tower, a 72-story residential tower across from the United Nations Headquarters. Also, he began construction on Trump Place, a multi-building development along the Hudson River. Trump owns commercial space in Trump International Hotel and Tower, a 44-story mixed-use tower on Columbus Circle. Trump currently owns several million square feet of prime Manhattan real estate, and remains a major figure in the field of real estate in the United States and a celebrity for his prominent media exposures.

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