Early morning visitors to the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame were startled on Thursday morning to see President Trump’s newly replaced star not only still intact but multiplied several dozen times — much like a starfish that has been cut to pieces but now survives as multiple starfish.
Who or what created this phenomenon? A conservative street artist and his band of fellow demonstrators, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The artist, who wished to remain anonymous, spent $1,000 on creating the very realistic-looking adhesive vinyl stars and carefully placed them over empty squares Wednesday night. He had the help of a group of friends called “The Faction” and received funding from “a young and anonymous entrepreneur.”
Why go to all this effort? He said the destruction of Trump’s star by a young man — who said he got congratulatory phone calls from big-name celebrities — and the West Hollywood City Council’s unanimous vote to scrub it from the popular landmark forever motivated him to make a statement in support of the president.
And he had a warning for the council: "Rip up the president's Walk of Fame star or try to have it removed — like you're the mayor of West Hollywood or something — and 30 more will pop up."
While working through the night on Wednesday, the members of “The Faction” were careful to conceal what they were doing to avoid some of the violence that has already been sparked by Trump haters hanging around the star.
"I didn't want to get hit over the head from behind,” the artist told the Hollywood Reporter. “We thought Trump Derangement Syndrome was a joke, but I'm pretty sure it's real. If no one peels these off, they could last there for 10 years."
As of Friday, though, they have already have been pulled off. City workers reportedly removed the stars for fear people would take pickaxes to them as well and do extensive damage to the famous sidewalk. Before they were removed, though, people were surprised with how real the stars looked.
"We started at 5 o'clock in the morning and we've found about 50 stars," said one employee who didn’t want to be named.
Meanwhile, the 24-year-old who said he chopped Trump’s star to pieces late last month is out of jail after a previous Trump star vandal reportedly paid his $20,000 bail. He’s due back in court on Aug. 15.
As for the conservative street artist, his work garnered a wide range of comments on Twitter: