Cosby Gets to Keep Star on Walk of Fame
In response to pressure from protesters to remove Bill Cosby’s star from the Walk of Fame, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has decided to keep the iconic symbol on its property.
“We have never removed a star from the Walk,” Hollywood Chamber of Commerce told The Wrap.
In a statement sent to the outlet, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Leron Gubler said the group “has received inquiries asking whether we are planning to remove the stars of Donald Trump and Bill Cosby. The answer is no. The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a registered historic landmark. 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.”
The Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable and Project Islamic Hope were among the groups pushing for the removal of Cosby’s star after a 2006 deposition revealed that he admitted to giving a woman he wanted to sleep with sedatives.
“Drugging and rape are serious crimes, and having a star on the Walk honoring Cosby after his admissions of these acts is a gross slap at the industry and the public,” the groups wrote in a joint letter.
In its response, the Chamber quoted the late Johnny Grant, who chaired the Hollywood Walk of Fame Committee for many years, saying, “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.”
The Walk of Fame star isn’t the only accolade that activists are pushing to have removed from Cosby’s legacy. A sexual violence awareness group is lobbying President Obama to revoke the comedian’s Presidential Medal of Freedom. Cosby was awarded the iconic medal by President George W. Bush in 2002.
Earlier this week, Disney removed a statue of Cosby from its theme park.