Everything You Need To Know About Trump's Walk Of Fame Star Controversy
Mark Hamill has a suggestion with what to do with it...
You may have heard recently that the city of West Hollywood wants to remove U.S. President Donald Trump's star from the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and honestly, we can't blame them.
With the constant attacks on the star, which creates a need for replacement and renovation, the Mayor of the WeHo City Council, John Duran, told CNN that "earning a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is an honour".
"When one belittles and attacks minorities, immigrants, Muslims, people with disabilities or women -- the honour no longer exists."
Despite the City Council's unanimous vote to have the star removed, they're not actually the ones in charge. In fact, the star isn't even in West Hollywood. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce selects the recipients of the stars on the iconic walk, and the president (of the chamber, rather than the nation) asserted that there are "no plans to remove any stars".
In the past, former president and chief executive of the chamber, Leon Gubler, made the bold statement that "once a star has been added to the Walk, it is considered a part of the historic fabric" and would not be removed. That was in light of many requests to have Bill Cosby's star removed following the overwhelming allegations of sexual assault he faced in 2015.
Trump's star also sits next to Kevin Spacey's. So. That's... something.
While the chamber attempt to figure out how to handle the most recent attack on the Walk, Mark Hamill had one suggestion, to replace Trump's star with an actual icon.
It's a cute idea, and we just know Fisher would have ADORED being the one to replace Trump, with her no f**ks given attitude, but it also makes it seem like getting a star on the walk of fame is a bigger deal than it actually is, because here's the thing: you basically buy them.
Getting a star on the Walk is a two-step process. First, you need to be nominated (which can be done by anyone: a fan, a manager, a publicist or even the celebrity themselves) in one of five categories: Motion pictures, live performance/theatre, television, radio or recording. The nomination form is barely two pages but also requires a letter of acceptance by the talent or the talent's management.
The committee apparently receive around 200-300 nominations every year and around 20-25 stars are picked per year.
If the selection committee approves the nomination, whoever submitted the nomination needs to pay $40,000 and set a date for the ceremony within two years, and that's that. Yeah, you gotta buy your own ceremony like it's some kind of BYO wedding!!!!
The $40k price tag is supposed to cover the creation, installation and upkeep of the Walk of Fame, meaning every new star is basically funding the ongoing renovations and reparations to Trump's constantly defaced star.
Unfortunately for Hamill's very gorgeous suggestion to add Carrie Fisher to the Walk, there's apparently a five-year waiting period for any posthumous nominations from the date of the death. Fisher died in December 2016, so due to that she unfortunately isn't a viable posthumous nominee just yet.
And look, Trump isn't the only monster threatening global destruction with a star on the walk of fame -- in fact he's in good company...
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