The GOP front-runner’s famous red tile, which he received in 2007 for his work on the reality competition series The Apprentice, is regularly defaced with spray paint and graffiti, and has even been urinated on and defecated on by some detractors – including one overzealous canine.
The routine acts of vandalism sparked a report that the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce was considering removing the controversial candidate’s star, but the organization’s president, Leron Gubler, tells PEOPLE in a statement that rumor is false.
“The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a registered historic landmark,” he says. “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 Chamber has not incurred additional costs by having to routinely clean Trump’s star, Entertainment Weekly reports.
My friend’s service dog accidentally took a shit on Donald Trump’s Hollywood star.
Best thing I’ve seen all day. pic.twitter.com/8lvqkTZPfk
— Taylor McCollum (@Taybuggxoxo) March 16, 2016
A picture I took of Donald Trump’s star on the Walk of Fame in LA a few months ago pic.twitter.com/FnuKhRY7n4
— Khalid (@WorldOfK_) March 10, 2016
Someone spray painted a mute symbol on Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame pic.twitter.com/CjkRzrZYdH
— Jacob (@sunxnes) March 30, 2016
Somebody has defaced Donald Trump’s Hollywood star and people aren’t sure whether it was a supporter or a protester… pic.twitter.com/LRRFNA6zuH
— Rhoda Sharp (@So2012Trust) March 25, 2016
I spit on Trump’s walk of fame star pic.twitter.com/BJ66IiGbQt
— anna (@anna_hetzer) March 13, 2016
— raymond lew (@rayyleww) July 23, 2015
Mindy Herrera and her teenage children made it a point to find Trump’s star during a visit to L.A. on Monday, she tells the Los Angeles Times.
“We’re Hispanic, so we don’t like him, obviously,” she says. When they finally found the star, her 15-year-old son bent down and wrapped his hands around Trump’s name while his mother snapped a photo.
“Like he was wringing his neck,” she chuckles.
The gesture was pretty tame compared to others, according to Francisco Javier, a local who patrols the Walk in a Superman costume: “Bad signs, bad words,” Francisco Javier told the Times of people’s reactions to Trump’s star. “Every day people get mad at him.”