Before Donald Trump became the greatest embarrassment to American politics since, well… ever, he was an ego-centric but entertaining reality TV personality. In 2007, he even got his own star on the Hollywood Walk of fame.
When Trump announced his candidacy to this year’s presidential election, the joke got a whole lot less funny.
But it’s artist Jamie Otis who has had the last laugh, by taking a pickaxe to Hollywood’s ceremonial tribute to the the blonde blonde bouffanted grope-monster.
After destroying the star in the early hours of Wednesday morning, Jamie told Deadline that he intended to remove the Trump star and auction it to raise money for women who have come forward to publicly accuse the real estate billionaire of assaulting them.
Just as Trump has managed to push through the fallout of scandals on the campaign trail, from his incessant lying to insulting dead American soldiers and his “grab them by the pussy” remarks, his star proved too belligerent to remove in one piece – so Jamie unleashed his sledgehammer and pickaxe on it.
It’s not the first time Trump’s star on the Walk of Fame has become a site of artistic protest. In July, LA-based street artist Plastic Jesus erected a model border fence topped with barbed wire around it, to protest against the real border wall with Mexico Trump plans to build if elected.
But if Jamie thought his take-no-prisoners approach to removing Trump’s poisonous tribute might have left little trace of the contentious moment for others to desecrate, he’ll be bummed by news that Hollywood Chamber of Commerce’s president has announced the star is already being repaired. Better luck next time.