Some activists are putting pressure on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to remove Bill Cosby’s star from the famous tourist attraction in the aftermath of the bombshell news that he admitted via deposition in 2005 that he had given Quaaludes to women he wanted to have sex with.
“If they don’t remove that star, we can call it the ‘walk of shame,’ ” activist Najee Ali told the Associated Press. “Cosby to Black America is an icon, but once an icon figure betrays the trust of the community, we have to withdraw our support and condemn their actions.”
Last year Cosby’s star was defaced with the word “rapist” spray painted on it as the number of women stepping forward with sexual misconduct allegations rose.
Though Ali’s request is gaining support, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has all but made it clear that it doesn’t plan to remove the star.
“We have never removed a star from the Walk,” said Leron Guble, president of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. “Once a star has been added to the Walk it is considered a part of the historic fabric of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.”
Since the release of the deposition, a number of businesses and entities have distanced themselves from the disgraced TV dad. Hollywood Studios removed a statue of Cosby from its theme park and networks Centric and Bounce TV have stopped running syndicated episodes of “The Cosby Show.”