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When Ana Martinez heard vandals had covered John Lennon’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with graffiti, she couldn’t just let it be. Martinez had produced the dedication ceremony for the star near the Capitol Records building in 1988, and Wednesday marks what would have been the former Beatles 73rd birthday. “I am really, really protective of these stars,” Martinez told the Daily News. “I yelled out, ‘Help, we really need somebody!'” she joked Tuesday, confirming that a worker returned the star to its pristine condition Monday. “This is history. It’s a historic monument and should be respected, not desecrated like that.” George Stroud/Getty Images The star was defaced with markings over the weekend – just days before what would have been Lennons (pictured in 1969) 73rd birthday. Martinez, who produces the Walk of Fame ceremonies for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, said she learned about the vandalism Sunday night after a tour guide discovered the markings Saturday and alerted Beatles journalist Steve Marinucci, who in turn reached out to her. I saw it and just thought, ‘What morons did this?’ It was just so tacky,” tour guide Gillian Lomax told The News Tuesday. “Maybe John would have liked it if it said something funny, but it was stupid teenage crap.” RELATED: ONO! YOKO ACCUSED TO STYLE PLAGIARISM Lomax visits the Vine Street location regularly for her Beatles-based “A Magical History Tour” and said the adjacent stars for fellow Beatles George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney were untouched. She said it looked like multiple people were involved because the scribbles, which included a cartoon mushroom and smiley face, appeared to be in different handwriting styles. MICHAEL THURSTON/AFP/Getty Images The nearby stars honoring Lennons fellow Beatles – Paul McCartney, Ringo Star and George Harrison — were left untouched. I bent down to try to get some of the stuff off, but it wouldn’t budge,” she said. “I was worried we were in trouble.” PHOTOS: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF JOHN LENNON Martinez said she immediately contacted the Hollywood Historic Trust, the nonprofit that maintains and repairs the stars, and they were able to get the contractor making the star for Kenny (Babyface) Edmonds’ ceremony on Thursday to respond. The Edmonds ceremony is taking place just a couple blocks away, and the contractor sent someone to clean, polish and re-seal Lennon’s star within hours, she said.
It’s a joke, of course. But for both residents and city officials, it’s evidence that the long-running debate about sightseer traffic around the Hollywood sign is reaching a tipping point. Those who live in the upscale hillside homes of Beachwood Canyon and Hollywoodland have long grumbled about tourists making the pilgrimage up the hill, hoping for that perfect shot. But in recent years, they say, the flow of visitors has grown intolerable. The once-sleepy Hollywood tour bus business has become increasingly competitive. Just a few years ago there were only a few operators offering Hollywood sign viewing tours. Now, there are more than 40 tour companies running buses and vans in and out of the canyon. PHOTOS: The Hollywood sign through the years Then, there are the technological advances. Many tourists now use GPS devices on their cars and phones to map out the best views. And the directions send them not just down the main roads but into narrow residential canyons. Tourist websites also offer tips on prime locations. One even directed visitors to Deronda Drive, where “residents will have lemonade stands set up, offering the perfect thirst quencher after an exhilarating hike to the sign.
Your guide to the porn-y fall movie season: Has Hollywood gone too far?
Maybe not so much. Critics are dubbing the current Tinseltown movie season as perhaps the porniest ever given the amount of sexually-charged movies coming out, touching on everything from statutory rape and sex addiction, to incest and even a little bit of necrophilia thrown in there for good measure. Too many current movies for this fall are tinged, or rather stained, by too many studios releasing meaningless, empty stories that seem to be more porn-like than film-like. Making movies that glorify porn addicts, child molesters, necrophiliacs who kill in order to have sex later only contributes to the decay of the moral compass of society, filmmaker and media educator Nicole Clark told FOX411. Too many people in our society have become desensitized. Some of the films make this years controversial Spring Breakers appear tame. So where to even start? Daniel Radcliffe has shed his Harry Potter persona for the upcoming Kill Your Darlings with an exploration of homosexuality, masturbation and picking up older men in bar, and Blue is the Warmest Color continues to stir controversy in the U.S. as it is released in more and more film festivals. The French lesbian movie, which won the Cannes Film Festival, is being hailed for its artistic elements and passionate love story, but has been slapped with a NC-17 rating and includes a very graphic, lengthy sex scene. Technically in America, the relationship would be considered statutory rape. But according to human behavior expert Patrick Wanis, sexually explicit content is everywhere and it is simply a logical progression that the business of Hollywood would cash in by taking the cultural movement to the next level. The cultural shift is not only about sex, it is about a general degradation of values, he said. Pornography and sexualization of girls are everywhere in books, music, advertising and television.