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You learn a lot talking to random people on the street.
I was on Hollywood Boulevard – that’s the avenue with all the stars on the sidewalk with the names of famous people – when I saw a couple of men polishing one of the stars.
They said they worked for the company contracted to maintain the stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. They do everything from repairing broken stars (the ones on the sidewalks, not the human kind) to simply cleaning them and buffing them to a nice bright shine.
It was during my conversation with one of the cleanup crew members that I learned that some stars can suddenly come into infamy and require extra attention from the crew.
A celebrity falls from grace and suddenly their star are a target of anybody who wants to vent their displeasure.
These days, President Donald Trump’s star has been needing some extra loving care as it has in recent months and days become the target of vandals – Trump supporters refer to them of “libtards” “‘losers” “haters” and worse – still angry over Hillary Clinton’s loss to The Donald.
I decided to take a stroll to see how bad the damage to the Trumpster’s star was this time, having been plastered with “RESIST!” and other political stickers the previous day during a Gay Pride Resist March, an otherwise peaceful and uneventful event that drew more than 100,000 people.
Until I got there, the star was pretty much being overlooked by the throngs of tourists because The Donald’s name was barely visible under the glue gunk left after the stickers had been pealed off.
Here’s a photo of Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame – earned for his celebrity hosting The Apprentice – a day after the vandals struck.
Actors Kevin Spacey (House of Cards) and Irwin “The Fonz” Winkler have stars closest to The Donald’s but their stars were untouched by the vandals. All other nearby stars were also left alone. Only Trump’s star was hit.
Of course, President Trump is a highly controversial figure who draws passionate opinions from all sides of the political scale. As I live streamed the damaged star with commentary on Periscope, crowds of tourists that gathered either condemned the vandalism or laughed heartily about it. One woman even said she would “desecrate” it herself if she thought she could get away with it.
By the way, the Los Angeles Police Department is reportedly reviewing security camera footage to hopefully find the perpetrators.
It’s not the first time The Donald’s star has been vandalized. It was hit back in October 2016 when he was running for president.
There have been other minor cases of vandalism, according to Hollywood Boulevard regulars, such as people sticking chewing gum on the star, or intentionally dropping gobs of whatever food or sticky, sugary drinks onto it. At this rate, The Donald may have to fork over some of his millions for 24-hour (probably armed) security. He is, after all, a darling of the National Rifle Association.
By the way, I got my own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. As far as I know, nobody has tried to get their dog to crap on it. 🙂
I love places where people come together to eat, drink and be merry.
For exactly 100 years – established in 1917 – Grand Central Market in Los Angeles, California, United States, has been operating continuously.
Today, it is open seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.,
and it’s almost always teeming with people, and long
lines at certain establishments (the lines move fast – it is sort of fast food, most of it, but largely delicious!).
Grand Central, located downtown L.A., is a must-see if you are visiting the city. There is indoor and outdoor seating, lots of different kinds of foods to choose from under one roof, in a fun atmosphere. Once you’re done loading up on the carbs – there are vegan options – many other points of interest are within walking distance, including the Los Angeles Music Center, the U.S. Bank Tower – the tallest building west of the Mississippi – and museums.
The long-neglected Downtown Los Angeles still has a grittiness, but it’s changing fast with high-end residential buildings and shopping centers cropping up everywhere.
But for a taste of Grand Central Market, watch my video which I shot LIVE on Periscope and carried on Twitter (@mtendstotravel). Click on the link below and share your thoughts in the comments section.