Who would want to vandalize the king of reggae star on the Hollywood walk of fame. No one knows for sure but someone took a sledge hammer and destroys the Bob Marley star in Hollywood California.
The authorities are currently investigating but this happened just days after Damian Marley told 18 Karat Reggae that Ziggy Marley was underrated even though the oldest son of Bob has won 7 Grammy Awards. Many in the reggae community took Damian Marley’s statement as a disrespect to the truly greats of reggae like Sizzla and Beres Hammond who have won no Grammy Awards.
Ana Martinez, vice president for the Walk of Fame at the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, told 18 Karat Reggae that when the person responsible for the disrespectful act is found, they will be punished to the fullest extent of the law.
“The cops are investigating this one. Every once in a while we have incidents like this, but we have no idea why anyone could have vandalized this star. I produced the ceremony when this star was unveiled and that is why I was so ‘ticked off’ when it happened. I kept thinking why would someone do this? I just want the family and everyone to know that as soon as it happened our guys went in to start the repairs. The brass pieces including the name plate will be re-used. It will take a few days to be cast, then it has to cure and be polished before it is replaced. So it should be back in place in about a week or so,” Martinez told 18 Karat Reggae.
Martinez also took to twitter to voice her disgust at the distasteful act.
“Why would anyone do this to Bob Marley’s star? Help me understand. The Walk of Fame is a State registered Historic landmark! Disrespectful. This is considered vandalism to a State Historic Landmark. It will be repaired by the Hollywood Historic Trust and will cost nearly US$3,000 to repair it,” she tweeted.
Bob Marley is considered the king of reggae by many and is the only Jamaican entertainer with a star on the Hollywood walk of fame.