Like some sort of horcrux that contains his evil power, Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has been attracting plenty of heroes, vandals, and patriots determined to beautify Los Angeles by wiping it off the sidewalk.
In 2007, Donald Trump “earned” (read: paid $30k for) a precious star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his ~amazing~ performance as a semi-competent businessman on NBC’s The Apprentice:
But after the 2016 election, some fair-minded citizens started to rethink that honor. First there was the artist who erected a mini border wall around the star, like a true patriot.
After his brilliant installation was removed, a man named James Otis stepped up. Wearing a blaze-orange construction vest, Otis placed some construction barriers up (safety first!) and smashed the star into oblivion.
In the video, a winded Otis explains that—as someone who has survivors of sexual assault in his family—he’s motivated by the injustice of seeing a serial abuser elevated to the highest office in the United States.
Unfortunately, like the blood seeping through the wallpaper in a haunted house, the star came back.
The latest hero to “breach for the stars” used a pickaxe. In the wee morning hours, a 24-year-old man named Austin Clay, whipped his tool out of a guitar case and reduced the dang thing to rubble.
Clay turned himself in to police, which was very civic-minded of him, and was released on $20,000 bond, which was posted by a mysterious stranger.
And that’s where our story takes an interesting turn. You see, dear reader, the mysterious stranger who bailed Clay out of jail was none other than… James Otis! That’s right, the first guy to destroy Trump’s star two years ago showed up to bail out the latest guy to destroy Trump’s star. It’s a heartwarming twist ending to a tale of true bravery.
The two men don’t know each other and haven’t met, but plan to soon, and hopefully to talk legal strategy. Clay is facing up to three years in prison just like his benefactor, who managed to get off with probation, a fine, and community service after pleading no contest.
Let this be a lesson to you: always pay it forward.