HOLLYWOOD—Following the recent removal of Bill Cosby’s statue from Disney’s Hollywood Studios, activists are now demanding that the comedian’s star be removed from the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Cosby received the star in 1977. Activists, who include the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable, Project Islamic Hope and a coalition of civil rights organizations, cite recent allegations that Cosby drugged and raped numerous women as their reason for requesting his star be removed.
In response, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce CEO Leron Gubler firmly maintained that Cosby’s star will remain on the Walk of Fame.
Cosby has been on the receiving end of a cascade of sexual misconduct allegations. Recently unsealed documents from a 2005 hearing were revealed this week to show Cosby admitting to acquiring Quaaludes to give women he wanted to have sex with. He has yet to be charged with a crime.
This is the second time this year that a star’s remarks or behavior has yielded for the removal of their star from the Walk of Fame. Earlier in the year, other activists tried to have Donald Trump’s star removed, given the presidential nominee’s openly disparaging remarks about Mexicans.
The late Johnny Grant, former head of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, had the following to say about removing stars from the walk: “Stars are awarded for professional achievement to the world of entertainment and contributions to the community. A celebrity’s politics, philosophy, irrational behavior, outrageous remarks or anything like that have never been cause to remove a Walk of Fame star.”