By Evan Pereira | United States
Monday night at West Hollywood City Councils’ regular meeting, the City’s ‘Consent Calendar’ was passed unanimously by a vote of 4-0. In this Consent Calendar, Agenda Item 2.Z. was seen as the most controversial. Entitled the ‘RESOLUTION URGING THE LOS ANGELES CITY COUNCIL AND HOLLYWOOD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TO REMOVE PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP’S STAR FROM THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME’, it was initiated by Councilmember Lindsay Horvath and Mayor Pro Tempore John D’Amico.
What Was In The Document?
Inside Agenda Item 2.Z., prepared by Community And Legislative Affairs Division Manager John Leonard, was the background of the resolution, their statement on the subject and the resolution itself. Below is the ‘Statement On The Subject’ along with the paraphrased reasoning behind the resolution.
Statement On The Subject:
The City Council will consider adopting a resolution urging the Los Angeles City Council and Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to remove President Donald J. Trump’s star from the Hollywood Walk of Fame, due to his disturbing treatment of women and other actions that do not meet the shared values of the City of West Hollywood, the region, state, and country.
- President Trump and Attorney General Sessions ‘zero-tolerance’ policy on illegal immigration
- President Trumps refusal to hold Russia accountable for interference in elections, this being a dangerous statement as Robert Meullers Special Counsel has not presented their final findings regarding the investigation thus West Hollywood City Council has disregarded due process
- The fact that taxpayer money has been diverted to fix the twice destroyed Walk of Fame Star (this being ironic as Democrats are normally never concerned about wasting taxpayer money)
- The views of President Trump don’t fit inline with those of the region, state and country
Link to Agenda Item 2.Z. of West Hollywood City Councils Consent Calendar (6th of August 2018): http://weho.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=22&clip_id=3274&meta_id=153942
13 days prior to the 2016 Presidential Election, James Otis, dressed as a construction worker, destroyed then-candidate Trump’s Walk of Fame Star with a pickaxe and sledgehammer, all while recording the offense. Later turning himself into Beverly Hills Police, he was charged with one count of felony vandalism by Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey, an offense that if found guilty, holds a maximum sentencing of three years in jail and/or a $10,000 fine. Otis pleaded to no contest and was found guilty of felony vandalism. He was ordered to serve 20 days of community labor and to pay a $4,400 fine along with three years of probation.
You would think that this wouldn’t happen again, but you’re wrong. On Wednesday morning, the 25th of July 2018, the LAPD responded to a call from the perpetrator himself, Austin Clay. District Attorney Jackie Lacey charged him with felony vandalism and on the same day, James Otis announced that he would pay Clay’s $20,000 bail.
An argument some have made is that because of the continuous attacks on President Trumps Walk of Fame Star and the costly fee it takes to repair the star, that he should have his star revoked. This argument is flawed to an almost comical extreme. By revoking the star, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and with that, the people of Los Angeles are bowing down the whims of left-wing criminals.
Is There Bias? (+ Endless Virtue Signalling)
Anyone who hasn’t been living under a rock for the past few years would know that in Hollywood, there is an extreme Democrat bias. In a statement, West Hollywood Mayor John Duran ‘clarified’ that there was no bias in the decision:
“The West Hollywood City Council did not pass the resolution because Donald Trump is a conservative or a Republican. Earning a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is an honor. When one belittles and attacks minorities, immigrants, Muslims, people with disabilities or women – the honor no longer exists.
– Mayor John Duran (D)
Let us look back on the past year. The #MeToo and #TimesUp movement began as a serious and honest movement that looked to expose the awful and immoral sex crimes committed by Hollywood elites such as the producer Harvey Weinstein and actor Kevin Spacey. A growing consensus, this being non-partisan but with large amount of proponents of this view being right-leaning, is that the movement has strayed away from it’s original goal. This argument has been supported by the fact that the movements philosophy rejects the idea of due process, that those accused are guilty before substantial evidence is proven as fact. Simply accusing someone on Twitter these days can result in them having their lives ruined and their careers destroyed. Even the most absurd cases are taken as if they are full scale sexual harassment, one example being the case of Justin Trudeau, the Liberal Prime Minister of Canada, being accused of ‘groping’ a female news reporter 18 years ago at a music festival. The alleged groping was simply Mr. Trudeau placing his hand on the reporters shoulder while talking to her, a common action while engaged in conversation. Now, where does this play in? Well, this plays into the bias of Hollywood politicians.
Since the movement began, Hollywood has begun an endless campaign of virtue signaling and hypocritical bullsh*t, simply carrying it out to an even more obnoxious level. Before, it was people such as Leonardo ‘Only Just Got An Oscar’ DiCaprio preaching against climate change while traveling by private jet. Now, it’s the era of the ‘Red Carpet’ and ‘#AskHerMore’ at the Golden Globes and colored ribbons at the Oscars. This circle jerk of Hollywood elites needs to stop and to do that, it requires them to take responsibility for being hypocritical monsters. Hollywood dares lecture the common man on his morals while the elites, from their ivory towers, act in disgusting ways that if a normal person were to act in such a manner, they would be locked up.
If the Democrat-controlled West Hollywood City Council want to prove that they act in a neutral manner, they would either not call for President Trumps Walk of Fame Star to be revoked or they would call for the Stars of people such as Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein, and Kevin Spacey to be revoked. You have to realize, they would never dream of carrying out the second option. What do all three of those men have in common? They’re Democrats. Spacey is a registered Democrat and a personal friend of former President Bill Clinton (who isn’t exactly innocent in regard to his sexual activities). Cosby is a registered Democrat and has donated approximately $20,000 to Democratic campaigns and along with that, he was an outspoken supporter of Barack Obama in both 2008 and 2012. Weinstein is a registered Democrat and has donated hundreds of thousands to Democratic candidates and to the Democratic National Committee, an institution so morally bankrupt, it’s giving Hollywood a run for its money in regard to corruption.
What You Need To Know Behind The Star
The Walk of Fame, one of the United States’ main tourist attractions began in 1958 to honor those who have made significant contributions to the entertainment industry. It spans 15 blocks in Los Angeles, going from Gower Street to Vine Street. To be awarded a Star, you must tick off at least one of these categories; motion pictures, broadcast television, audio recording (music), broadcast media and theater/live performance.
Donald Trump was awarded his Walk of Fame Star in 2007 for his role as both the creator and host of NBC’s ‘The Apprentice’, a series that has lead to spin off’s in 27 countries worldwide. To be awarded a Star, you must go through his process:
- Those who wish to receive a Star must apply to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
- In their application, they must include their reasoning for why they think they should be awarded a Star + a $30,000 fee to the Hollywood Historic Trust
- Roughly 200-240 applications are made per year, with 20-24 (10%) being approved
What Happens Now?
Since the resolution was passed, it will be passed onto both Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Oddly, the Los Angeles City Council have no jurisdiction over the Walk of Fame, meaning it’s up to the discretion of Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. In November 2017, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce released a statement regarding the issue of whether or not Weinstein’s star should be revoked:
“The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has received enquiries asking whether we are planning to remove the stars of Walk of Famers because of alleged misconduct. The answer is no,”
“The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a registered historic landmark. 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.”
If the Chambers’ statement still holds and standing to this day, only 10 months on from the original statement, President Trump’s star will remain, definitely to the obvious disappointment of Hollywood elites and the West Hollywood City Council.
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