Superheroes Banned from Los Angeles?
Superheroes have been banned from Los Angeles’ streets after
numerous complaints were filed against them.
According to the LAPD, costumed street performers harassed visitors
for tips in exchange for their services. Several actors were accused of aggressive
panhandling and loitering. Approximately a dozen characters were arrested while others were cited and asked to leave Hollywood Boulevard.
For years the Walk of Fame was where everyone could see their favorite movie
and comic book characters. Many actors donned costumes not only to entertain tourists but to make a living, as
seen in the acclaimed 2007 documentary Confessions of a Superhero. Christopher Dennis, who has portrayed Superman for 19 years, and Joe McQueen, who has been the Incredible Hulk for 10
years, are angered and confused by the actions taken against the costumed characters.
Both actors starred in the “Confessions” film, but despite their fame and
experience they too will be arrested if caught wearing costumes on the streets.
McQueen claims that the situation is un-American. Most of
the actors had stayed on public property (disputing the loitering charges) and
had not been aggressive with tourists. Dennis and others believe that a
few bad apples have spoiled it for all costumed street performers.
There has been talk of organizing a protest against the L.A. City Council’s decision to ban costumed crusaders, but no one knows what the future
holds for the actors. One thing is certain– Hollywood Boulevard
will be less lively without the beloved characters patrolling the streets.