Shia LaBeouf’s Trump Protest Live Stream Has Been Shut Down

Shia LaBeouf

Shia LaBeouf’s live stream to protest President Donald Trump’s election, intended to run for four years, has been shut down after three weeks.

The Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, New York, where the installation had been set up, released a statement on Friday that said the project had become “a serious and ongoing public safety hazard.”

“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,” the statement reads.

The project encouraged visitors to walk up to a web cam mounted on the museum’s wall and chant the phrase “He will not divide us.” It was launched by LaBeouf and his frequent collaborators Nastja Säde Rönkkö and Luke Turner on the day of Trump’s inauguration.

The official live stream online has been shut down with the word “THE MUSEUM HAS ABANDONED US” plastered across the screen.

Read the full statement below:

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.

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.

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  1. surprised says:

    The location was tracked down by 4chan, using sunlight, constellations, frog croaks and airplanes. 4chan is scary.

  2. From I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO seen and heard yesterday at The Landmark in Westwood (paraphrasing) — people say they value passion but what they value is safety and profits.

  3. BonnieFlats says:

    Stupid idea from the beginning. More Hollywood whack.

  4. JD says:

    Bye bye, Shia!

  5. Bill B. says:

    He’s as crazy as Herr Trump, but I gotta admire the effort, stupid as it was.

  6. Cheese Cake says:

    Buh-bye baby lib-tards. Go cry to your mommy now.

    • Michael Anthony says:

      Too funny. It’s amazing that you even have the nerve to criticize liberals. Not even a month into office, and 3 major scandals involving Trump. Plus, his failure to disclose business interests that affect our country, but benefit him. You’ll be sobbing when impeachment comes. The first indictment, of Flynn, will be finstalled. Can’t wait to see the orange one’s breakdown.

  7. Ali Song says:

    Obama is leaving behind a generation of militant jerks — collectively known as his “family” — to continue to proliferate protests and militate against everything and nothing….. this Shia turd is one evil hater

    • The Truth says:

      The collective of militant jerks are members of the Trump horde who demean anyone who calls him on his bullshit as “libtards” or “evil haters.” Somehow you think Trump’s election victory has magically transformed you from losers to winners. But you’re still the same losers you were before, incapable of thinking critically and delusionally unaware that you’ve screwed yourselves. Shia LaBeouf is an insignificant ass, but apparently he struck a raw nerve. Consistent threats of violence by angry Trump goons necessitated 24/7 security and ultimately suppressed freedom of expression. Anyone who witnessed the uncouth vitriol at Trump rallies throughout the campaign knows who the real haters are.

    • Jazz says:

      That seems rude? Some people may really like Obama (*cough cough* me). And Shia was just expressing his opinion. It was shut down because it ended up being dangerous.

      • Shia getting arrested really hurt his cause…..but you know the far right Nazis will see this as a win for them. Now I’ll guess they have to celebrate by going on another church shooting spree.

  8. Steve says:

    I’m surprised it lasted that long…

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