In 2007, Donald Trump received a star on the fabled Hollywood Walk of Fame for his role in producing the Miss Universe pageant. While The Apprentice had appeared on television by then, the far more successful incarnation of the show, The Celebrity Apprentice did not debut until 2008.
But now, after repeated vandalism that either created a mess—like spray paint or protest stickers—or damaged or completely demolished Trump's star, the city of West Hollywood wants the star gone. The city council voted unanimously on Monday to petition Los Angeles and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to remove it.
And Star Wars actor and recipient of his own star on the Walk of Fame, Mark Hamill, knows just what to do with the location once Trump's star is gone. The sci-fi icon took to Twitter Monday with his suggestion.
How about replacing it with someone who really earned it? Like Carrie Fisher?"
How about replacing it with someone who really earned it? Like @carrieffisher https://t.co/f1XMXanpWP— Mark Hamill (@Mark Hamill) 1533590054.0
Less than 24 hours later, Hamill's message earned over 87,000 likes and over 21,000 retweets and over 2,300 comments. The city of West Hollywood agreed as well.
@HamillHimself @carrieffisher Our #Resistance heroine 😘: https://t.co/NdAmL9y0us— City of West Hollywood (@City of West Hollywood) 1533597999.0
@TomiLahren Welcome to the epicenter of the #Resistance. https://t.co/5g8qjq6rSt— City of West Hollywood (@City of West Hollywood) 1515361087.0
A writer who worked with Fisher, Paul Slansky, concurred.
@HamillHimself @carrieffisher We spoke at the house on 1/5/17. I helped Carrie get her first and last two books fro… https://t.co/V0jZBv6wEC— Paul Slansky (@Paul Slansky) 1533591512.0
According to Hamill, there was no love lost between Fisher and Trump.
@slansky @carrieffisher I heard her candid views on him in person... SCORCHING! 🔥🔥🔥— Mark Hamill (@Mark Hamill) 1533608033.0
Some could not fathom that the actress, singer, screenwriter, acclaimed author and mental health advocate did not already have a star on the Walk of Fame. Since its launch in 1960, the Hollywood Walk of Fame honored over 2,500 celebrities.
@HamillHimself @carrieffisher She doesn’t have a star? How is that possibly possible?— Philippe Reines (@Philippe Reines) 1533590784.0
@NolifeNoone @KyloIsSad @NervousPotato @Nigmachangeling @HamillHimself @carrieffisher This is shocking. Carrie has… https://t.co/EG7cuOuUTW— Ben (@Ben) 1533597780.0
@SirBenKenobi @NolifeNoone @KyloIsSad @NervousPotato @Nigmachangeling @HamillHimself @carrieffisher I thought the s… https://t.co/0vKLc4OEwc— Leon Alexander (@Leon Alexander) 1533599142.0
@HamillHimself @carrieffisher Carrie Fisher doesn't have a star?! https://t.co/sE0tXhj4iV— Batman: TAS (@Batman: TAS) 1533593033.0
@TheAnimatedBat @HamillHimself @carrieffisher This Batman is how I feel about it. https://t.co/hBaJMrBC3g— Mylo Peater V (@Mylo Peater V) 1533605856.0
@HamillHimself @carrieffisher I can't believe Carrie Fisher doesn't have a star yet— Nigma (@Nigma) 1533590094.0
@HamillHimself @carrieffisher Carrie Fisher should have had a Star on #HollywoodWalkOfFame YEARS ago. We need to pe… https://t.co/j56SUME5bC— I Dream Of Hamill 💕🐹💕(Mark Hamill Fan Account) (@I Dream Of Hamill 💕🐹💕(Mark Hamill Fan Account)) 1533598688.0
In reality, anyone can apply for a star—all it takes is mailing an application and a fee of $40,000 (as of 2018) to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. In other words, if you have some connection to the entertainment industry and the cash, you too can have a star.
@HamillHimself How does Donald Trump have a star and Carrie Fisher does not?— Richard Hill AKA Don Ricardo🧐 (@Richard Hill AKA Don Ricardo🧐) 1533603386.0
@ComicOzzie58 @HamillHimself He paid for it. Carrie will have earned hers once justice is finally served and she gets hers.— Chris Whitfield (@Chris Whitfield) 1533653776.0
Even God approved of a star for Fisher in place of Trump's as The Good God Above stated in the following tweet.
@HamillHimself @carrieffisher This needs to happen. This MUST happen. We are the spark that will light the fire tha… https://t.co/m3HgnmSega— God (@God) 1533592261.0
@TheGoodGodAbove @HamillHimself @carrieffisher YES! #WeAreTheSpark #CarrieOnForever https://t.co/2F20o9hYMn— Leia🇨🇴 (@Leia🇨🇴) 1533604413.0
Others remembered their favorite moments between Hamill and Fisher.
Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher on stage during Future Directors Panel at the Star Wars Celebration 2016 at ExCel on July 17, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images for Walt Disney Studios)
@HamillHimself @carrieffisher Awwwww! #spacetwins https://t.co/gt0GvRFe0T— Helen (@Helen) 1533590413.0
@shadow_ecco @HamillHimself @carrieffisher Of all the photos of Mark and Carrie I've seen over the 41 years this is my favorite!— Rey From Nowhere (@Rey From Nowhere) 1533602231.0
Fisher suffered a heart attack on a transatlantic flight and later died at a Los Angeles hospital on December 27, 2016. Many found Fisher specifically replacing Trump a perfect solution.
@HamillHimself @carrieffisher Outstanding idea. And perfectly ironic as well. A ⭐ for Carrie Fisher must happen!… https://t.co/6HwE7NKLHO— Leah Krevit 💙 (@Leah Krevit 💙) 1533590774.0
@HamillHimself @carrieffisher This is better https://t.co/VUyodcH8OZ— Sad Kylo Ren (@Sad Kylo Ren) 1533591360.0
@HamillHimself @carrieffisher Carrie truly belongs among the stars ⭐️ https://t.co/YIKQcfvZ8T— MrDaftPrawn ❄️ (@MrDaftPrawn ❄️) 1533593892.0
@HamillHimself @carrieffisher They did dedicate this plaque to her in front of Grauman's Chinese Theater - But a St… https://t.co/RMdLUualgG— Sincerely Sonia (@Sincerely Sonia) 1533605607.0
Although one person provided another hero deserving of a star.
@HamillHimself @BaylessMarilyn @carrieffisher https://t.co/kcD125o9Xs— N.H.Watkins (@N.H.Watkins) 1533606616.0
Since Trump entered politics in 2015, two people destroyed Trump’s star—requiring complete removal and replacement by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce—and many others have vandalized it.
So this just happened again... somebody used a pick axe to destroy Donald Trump's star on the Walk of Fame. Still t… https://t.co/KicVZzhhIy— Jonathan Gonzalez (@Jonathan Gonzalez) 1532516983.0
After their unanimous vote, West Hollywood Mayor John Duran stated:
The West Hollywood City Council did not pass the resolution because Donald Trump is a conservative or a Republican. Earning a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is an honor. When one belittles and attacks minorities, immigrants, Muslims, people with disabilities or women—the honor no longer exists."
According to the Walk of Fame guidelines, a conduct requirement is part of keeping the honor of a star. The Walk of Fame committee is reportedly reviewing removing the stars of Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein as well.