Artist puts Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame behind bars
The often-vandalized Hollywood Walk of Fame star of President Donald Trump was recently replaced after a vandal had smashed it to smithereens with a pickaxe at night in July
President Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the news again for being the subject of yet another protest - this time by a British-born street artist named Plastic Jesus. The artist reportedly placed a sidewalk version of prison bars on top of Trump's star on Wednesday.
The often-vandalized star was recently replaced after it was smashed to smithereens with a pickaxe at night in July. The incident came to light when a video of the star being smashed began doing the rounds on social media the next morning.
This time, Plastic Jesus took to Twitter and posted a short clip of visitors taking pictures of Trump's star behind bars, and wrote: "Today I put @realDonaldTrump behind bars."
He also posted a series of pictures of people smiling and being intrigued by the bars on Instagram, with the caption: "Someone placed prison bars over Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood walk of fame."
Plastic Jesus, in an email to Huffpost, said: "There have been calls to jail Trump since the day he was elected, and today he was certainly put behind bars."
"Although it was very quickly damaged by a Trump supporter trying to remove it, the bars did appear to be stuck fast and were there several hours later ― to the amusement of thousands of passing tourists," he added.
Plastic Jesus fixed the bars down with instant-drying "industrial strength double-sided sticky tape," he said adding that: “I wanted them to stay down but didn’t want a bill for thousands of dollars to repair the footpath.”
This is not the first time Plastic Jesus has used the infamous star to protest against President Trump. The artist, in 2016, had protested against Trump's controversial border wall between the United States and Mexico by constructing a tiny wall around the star. He had also added child-sized bulletproof vests to displays in stores across Los Angeles to make a statement about the deadly school shootings in the country.
Back to school? Everything you need for the new term. Including Level 3A bullet proof vest. From Plastic Jesus industries and @Target / @davidhogg111 @Emma4Change @shannonrwatts @MomsDemand @GeorgeTakei #nra #ParklandShooting #school #backtoschool #guns pic.twitter.com/XLaUkV8MiL— Plastic Jesus (@plasticjesusart) August 4, 2018
Trump was honored with the Hollywood Walk of Fame star in January 2007 for his work on the Miss Universe pageant. His star has been repeatedly vandalized ever since he took office. There was also a unanimous voting by the West Hollywood City Council for the star to be removed this summer, however, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce said that it would not do so because it has never taken away a star before.