Five Celebs Who Should Be Removed from the Walk of Fame Instead of Trump
The city council voted to strip away the president's honor, but plenty of other big-name stars prove this is hypocritical
Hollywood is working on removing President Donald Trump’s star from its Walk of Fame.
This past Monday night, the West Hollywood City Council voted to remove President Trump’s star, according to a tweet from John Duran, the city’s leftist mayor.
The move appears to be completely politically motivated.
If the city truly wanted to make the Walk of Fame a more family-friendly experience, here are five people Hollywood should actually remove from it.
1.) Bill Cosby. The television star best-known for his role as Cliff Huxtable on “The Cosby Show” was charged with aggravated and indecent assault back in 2015; he was also accused by countless women of drugging them and committing sexual assault over the years. He was found guilty of sexual assault earlier this year in a court of law.
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, however, has refused to remove Cosby’s star despite pushes for them to do such. Cosby’s name has been on the Walk of Fame since 1977. Even the Motion Picture Academy expelled Cosby this year.
2.) Kevin Spacey. In 2017, this two-time Oscar winner apologized for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy back in 1986; Spacey was 26 years old at the time of the crime. Is that someone Hollywood thinks should have a star? Apparently — because he has been on the Walk of Fame since 1999, and no plans have been announced to remove his star.
3.) Jerry Lee Lewis. Spacey is not the only pedophile one will find on Hollywood Boulevard; Lewis is there as well. The 1986 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee caused a stir in 1958 when he married his first cousin, Myra Gale Brown, who was just 13 years old at the time; Lewis was 22.
In 1959, the couple had a child together (Steve Allen Lewis).
Still, that doesn’t change the fact that he’d had a star on the Walk of Fame since 1989 — which is well after his actions became known to the public.
4.) Emil Jannings. If Hollywood wants to remove a person from the Walk of Fame for political reasons, here is someone to consider. Jannings earned the Academy Award for Best Actor at the first-ever Academy Awards show in 1929 for his work in two films, “The Way of All Flesh” (1927) and “The Last Command” (1928).
However, the German actor would later star in Nazi propaganda films — helping to promote the perpetrators of World War II and the Holocaust.
Even so, Jannings has had a star on the Walk of Fame since 1960.
5.) Gig Young. Hollywood is apparently more tolerant of murderers than it is of the current sitting president. Young may have earned an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in the 1969 film “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” but at the end of his life, he was truly despicable. He committed a murder-suicide, killing his wife Kim Schmidt before taking his own life.
Despite this, his star has been on the Walk of Fame since 1960.
Tom Joyce is a freelance writer from the South Shore of Massachusetts. He covers sports, pop culture, and politics and has contributed to The Federalist, Newsday, and other outlets.