Shia LaBeouf’s Donald Trump Protest Shut Down By Museum
As Gossip Cop reported, LaBeouf started his “He Will Not Divide Us” live stream on Inauguration Day last month. The project consisted of a camera attached to the outside of the museum’s city-owned New York building, where anyone could come and be filmed 24/7 saying “he will not divide us.” LaBeouf planned for the protest to last throughout Trump’s four years as president.
But after multiple skirmishes, including one that led to LaBeouf getting arrested, the museum has decided to stop the outdoor exhibit. In a statement released on Friday, it’s said, “The Museum of the Moving Image has closed HEWILLNOTDIVIDE.US, a participatory Internet streaming performance by LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner. The installation created a serious and ongoing public safety hazard for the Museum, its visitors, staff, local residents, and businesses.”
“The installation had become a flashpoint for violence and was disrupted from its original intent,” says the museum. The statement continues:
“While the installation began constructively, it deteriorated markedly after one of the artists was arrested on the site of the installation and ultimately necessitated this action. Over the course of the installation, there have been dozens of threats of violence and numerous arrests, such that police felt compelled to be stationed outside the installation 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
We take our commitment to the safety of our 200,000 annual visitors and 50,000 school children attending programs at the Museum seriously, along with the safety and security of our staff and community.
We are proud to have launched this engaging and thought-provoking digital art installation which was experienced by millions of online viewers worldwide. Until public safety concerns overrode the intent of the installation, HEWILLNOTDIVIDE.US generated an important conversation allowing interaction among people from many backgrounds and with different viewpoints. However, ending our engagement with the installation is the most prudent path forward to restore public safety to the Museum, its visitors, staff, and the community.”
The live stream is no longer broadcasting. LaBeouf has not commented on the decision. It’s unclear if he’ll look to continue the project elsewhere. Trump himself never addressed the protest.
UPDATE: LaBeouf posted the below response on Twitter, saying, “The museum has abandoned us.”
— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) February 10, 2017