Fake Trump Stars are Multiplying on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Several fake stars bearing Donald Trump’s name reportedly dotted empty spaces on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday

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A kind of symbolic war played out in Hollywood during the summer of 2018, when some critics and opponents of President Donald Trump turned their attentions to his star on Hollywood Boulevard's Walk of Fame.

As the controversy surrounding President Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame continues, some street artists descended onto the walk and plastered sticker versions of Trump's star.

On 9 August, reports and photographs emerged suggesting that someone had supplemented President Trump's smashed-up star with several replicas, sticking them via adhesive to squares of pavement along the famous thoroughfare. The artist said he was motivated by the West Hollywood vote and the repeated vandalism of Mr. Trump's star.

The artists go by the name of "The Faction" according to their Twitter account, which posted footage of them placing the new stars.

The West Hollywood City Council on Monday unanimously approved a resolution seeking the removal of Trump's star.

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The group, which includes a self-described "Rogue Right Wing street artist," told the "Hollywood Reporter" that the stickers cost $1,000 and were funded by a "young and anonymous entrepreneur".

"We started at 5 o'clock in the morning and we've found about 50 stars", said a member of the Walk of Fame's cleaning service. An employee with Ripley's Believe It or Not! told the publication that they peeled the stars off in fear of further vandalism and damage to their property, referencing July's incident that left Trump's star in shambles.

However, the footage shows the crew passing by others stars from major Hollywood figures Kevin Spacey and Jimmy Kimmel-neither of whom are strangers to controversy, and whose stars are still up.

Numerous stars, though, were peeled off during the day, with some saying that they feared vandalism if the fake stars stayed. "Because of this, we have never removed a star from the Walk", said Leron Gubler, the organization's president and CEO...

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