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The Hollywood Chamber announced today that Bill Cosby’s star on the Walk of Fame would not be removed, the LA Times reported in Hollywood Walk of Fame official says Bill Cosby’s star won’t be removed and neither will Donald Trump’s. Here’s their reasoning:
“The answer is no,” Leron Gubler, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce president and chief executive, said in an emailed statement. “Once a star has been added to the Walk, it is considered a part of the historic fabric of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Because of this, we have never removed a star from the Walk.”
Here’s my reasoning:
They threw Trump’s star in with Cosby’s not because anyone seriously is demanding that it be removed, but in order to bolster their weak stance on Cosby’s Star.
Yes, they’ve never removed a Star, but Penn State never had removed a statue before the Jerry Sandusky scandal. The first time something happens, it’s pretty safe to say it previously was unprecedented. There are a lot of things besides the removal of Hollywood Stars in this world that never have happened. But many of them will.
If a past honoree of a Star went into a crowded restaurant with a machine gun and murdered 25 innocents, would they not remove the Star? Of course they would.
So, the question really is not whether a Star has been removed in the past, it’s whether Cosby’s conduct rises to the level of Star removal. To be sure, there are some past Star honorees whose subsequent behavior was less than honorable. I think OJ may even have a Star on the Walk. But this time will be different.
This one is not an easy call, but with the new Cosby revelations pressure will build. Ultimately, the “we’ve never removed a Star before” logic will evolve into “there are other scoundrels with Stars, so why should Cosby’s Star be removed,” at which point the countervailing logic will be “because it’s about time your disgusting tradition of not removing Stars changed.”