George Romero Should Not Get A Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame

No, I'm not trolling. But if you disagree, I'll tell you how to donate to the cause.

I don't think George Romero should get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

Don't get me wrong: I believe George deserves to be honored as a movie pioneer and as a great filmmaker. But Hollywood isn't the place to do it. God knows Hollywood barely ever wanted anything to do with Romero before they all decided to rip off his zombies for movies, TV shows and video games.

There's a group raising money to get Romero a star (dirty Walk of Fame secret: you have to pay for your own star), and I respect their admiration for the man. But the best way to show that admiration, I believe, is to erect a monument in Pittsburgh, where Romero made his initial movies far away from the Hollywood system.

George A Romero is one of the great indie film pioneers, and he should be recognized as such. The Hollywood Walk of Fame memorializes those who toiled within the system, and Romero never had time for that. While he has made some movies that had the touch of the majors on them, his best and most identifiable work was independently financed, independently made and independently distributed. Night of the Living DeadDawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead were indies. Martin was an indie. The Crazies was an indie. Knightriders was an indie. Even his latter day Dead films, outside Land, are full-blown indies. 

What's more, Hollywood has never been Romero's home. That was Pittsburgh (before he went off to Canada, anyway), and Pittsburgh is where he should be recognized. The money raised for the Hollywood Star should be applied to a monument in Pittsburgh, or at the Monroeville Mall, just outside of Pittsburgh. Hollywood never wanted George Romero, so why should they be allowed to recognize him now?

If you disagree and want to donate, you can do so here. I do hope the campaigners change their minds and say fuck Hollywood, though.

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