Back to the drawing board, Shia LaBeouf.
The installation invited citizens to say the words “he will not divide us” into a camera mounted outside New York’s Museum of the Moving Image.
Shia originally planned for the installation to play out over the next four years, but it looks like the cord was cut in less than a month’s time!
No, not by POTUS — but by The Museum itself over concerns of violence and public safety!
Naturally, the open invitation prompted some alt-right Trump supporters to troll the protest with bigotry, causing the passionate actor to assault them — and get arrested.
And apparently, the Museum of the Moving Image wasn’t aware of the drama that would unfold with this protest, so they shut that shit down! The museum posted on its website:
“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.”
The statement added that the installation started “constructively” but soon required 24/7 police surveillance after “dozens of threats of violence and numerous arrests.”
In response to being shut down, Shia simply tweeted the museum had “abandoned” the cause, sharing:
That’s unfortunately what happens when you assault people, Shia — neo-Nazis or not.
The museum said it was “proud” of the important conversation the installation generated, but noted that safety was their utmost concern, adding:
“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.”
The good news is Shia can always move this protest to another location — and hopefully he won’t let the trolls get the best of him next time.
Do YOU think the museum was right to shut the installation down?
[Image via Museum of the Moving Image.]