During a late dinner last night I caught on one of the local news channels that there was a turf war raging on Hollywood Blvd between the costumed characters and guys selling their hip hop CDs. It’s a very one-sided war with violence being executed strictly by one group upon the other.
It seems that the music vendors think the characters are cutting into their profits when they roam around that small stretch of Hollywood Blvd rather than sticking to the area directly in front of the Chinese Theater. In response, they have doled out some brutal beatings, including one that ended an actor up in the hospital with a skull fracture. Reportedly, there have been around 6 of these incidents in the last few months.
The celebrity impersonators have asked the city for some form of protection or security. They’ve even proposed the idea of everyone performing on Hollywood Blvd being licensed and creating a set of rules for street vendors.
Either way, it’s baffling. I can’t for the life of me figure out how a guy in a Spiderman costume who makes $1 for every picture he poses in can be a threat to someone selling a hip hop CD.