A group of artists struck back at the destruction of President Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame by replacing it with several dozen replicas.
'Try to have it removed... 30 more will pop up.'
The conclave of artists call themselves "The Faction," and they pasted several dozen reproductions of the president's destroyed star on the famed celebrity exhibit in California.
One of the artists spoke anonymously to the Hollywood Reporter about how and why they did it.
"Rip up the president's Walk of Fame star or try to have it removed," he said, "like you're the mayor of West Hollywood or something — and 30 more will pop up."
He said they printed stars on floor vinyl, and covered the stars while they were being installed in order to avoid being attacked by any detractors. There has been at least one violent brawl near the star aimed at supporters of the president.
"I didn't want to get hit over the head from behind. We thought Trump Derangement Syndrome was a joke, but I'm pretty sure it's real," the artist continued.
"If no one peels these off, they could last there for 10 years," he said.
The artist said it was partly in response to the star being destroyed by critics of the president, and also in response to the vote by the Hollywood City Council to remove the star.
Although the city council voted to have the star removed, it was largely a symbolic vote as they have no power to order its removal. No star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has ever been removed.