The West Hollywood City Council has unanimously approved a resolution seeking to remove President Donald Trump's star from the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The resolution urges the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and Los Angeles to remove the star because of what it says is Trump's "disturbing treatment of women and other actions."
Given that this is the same town that looked the other way for a couple of decades while Harvey Weinstein asked every nubile young ingenue in town to guess if that was an Oscar in his pocket or was he just happy to see them, I’m guessing that most of what bothers the Tinseltown city council must fall under the “other actions” rubric. But let’s take them at their word for the moment, and assume that their outrage at the Donald’s treatment of women is genuine—because if it is, they‘be just opened up a can of worms that could get a whole hell of a lot of stars banned for being problematic.
Let’s take a stroll down Hollywood Boulevard and find a few, shall we?
- Fatty Arbuckle got tried three times for the rape and murder of actress Virginia Rappe—but even though the comedian and silent film star would be acquitted of all charges, the revelations of a hedonistic lifestyle that might have made John Belushi blush didn’t keep him from holding on to his star on the Walk of Fame. Perhaps the West Hollywood City Council might want to rectify this obvious oversight?
- Darryl F. Zanuck and Jack Warner were both legendary producers in their day, responsible for some of the greatest motion pictures to ever grace the silver screen. They were also notorious for their use of the casting couch on every young beauty who came to their offices in the hopes of making it in show biz. Or is that treatment of women not disturbing enough for the council to get off their duffs and consign them to the dustbin of history?
- Hey, look—is that Brett Ratner’s star over there? Wow, I really like those Rush Hour movies he directed, but it really is too bad that those six women accused him of sexual harassment over the years. That was good enough for Warner Brothers, which dumped its deal with his production company—but I guess it wasn’t good enough for the council, seeing as Ratner’s star is still there on the Walk of Fame. Plus nobody has taken a pick axe to it, as far as I can tell.
- Oh, that Charlie Sheen. He was quite the cut-up in Two and a Half Men, wasn’t he? Those two Hot Shots! flicks were pretty hilarious too—amazing feats, especially with his personal life being such a mess. The rampant drug use and accusations of abusive behavior during Sheen’s brief marriage to Denise Richards were bad enough, but that stuff with him and Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss? Turns out he was her best customer! Hookers and restraining orders from your ex-wife must not constitute disturbing treatment of women, though, because there isn’t a push to remove his star either.
- Bill Cosby still has a star—even after being convicted of aggravated assault, and being accused by dozens of women of drugging and sexually abusing them over the course of decades. Maybe the West Hollywood City Council was promised a lifetime supply of Jell-O Pudding Pops if they just didn’t make a big deal of it, but it does seem strange that this episode never popped up during their deliberations over who should go and who gets to stay on the Walk of Fame.
I’m sure there are other examples too—but these were just the ones I came across with a little light reading. With the vast amount of Hollywood history at their disposal, though, I’m sure the city council could track down lots more if they just gave it a try. Unless, of course, this whole move with Donald Trump is just a bunch of cheap virtue signaling.
But that couldn’t be the case, could it?